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Luke McCullough's return date set after Northern Ireland man's injury nightmare

By Gareth Hanna

Luke McCullough's return to the football pitch has been pencilled in for October 10 as he continues his rehabilitation from a nightmare knee ligament injury.

The defender-cum-midfielder played just seven League Two matches during Doncaster Rovers' promotion-winning 16/17 season before another set-back saw him miss the beginning of their League One campaign this season. Now McCullough's road to recovery looks a significant step closer as Rovers hope the 23 year-old will feature in a development squad game on October 10.

McCullough was part of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 finals squad although he didn't get on to pitch, named as an unused substitute for all four of NI's matches in France.

Less than two months after that, McCullough picked up his serious injury during a friendly with York City.

McCullough did make it back to start six games in the run-in at the end of last season and was named in Northern Ireland's training squad building up to the friendly with New Zealand and World Cup qualifier in Azerbaijan.

Further complications to the injury, however, meant more surgery during the summer, ruling him out of the opening months of the 17/18 season

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