DAN Barlaser could hand Accrington Stanley a timely injury boost at Doncaster Rovers tonight.

The Newcastle United loanee had to be taken off on a stretcher during the closing stages of the Reds' 3-0 defeat at home to Luton on Saturday.

It appeared that the 22-year-old had played his final game for John Coleman's side having made 42 appearances and scored three goals so far this season.

Boss John Coleman however has indicated that he could return as soon as the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium as Stanley look to make sure of their League One status in the final three games of the season.

"Dan’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared," the Reds' manager said.

"From all accounts it was a spasm so he might be fit for Tuesday.

"It would be a boost for us, I thought he played well on Saturday and was one of our better players."

Coleman will however have to make a change in goal with Jonny Maxted set to come in for the suspended Dimitar Evtimov.

The Bulgarian had a day to forget against Luton, sent off for two bookable offences inside the first 22 minutes as he conceded two penalties, the first of which he saved.

The boss has some sympathy for his goalkeeper, believing a catalogue of errors led to some farcical defending that gave Stanley an uphill task against the Hatters.

"Against Luton it was disappointing that we didn’t give ourselves a chance,” Coleman said.

“We didn’t get a foothold in the game at any stage.

“Maybe we could have done with them missing the first penalty, that gives you a shot of adrenaline, and for 25 minutes there was nothing in the game.

“But it was catastrophic defending by us, the decision making was poor.

"On another day you could say that he wouldn’t be sent off and plenty have referees have commented on it saying it’s not necessarily a second yellow.

“The ball was going out of play and it wasn’t a promising attack.

“If it had gone to VAR it probably wouldn’t have been a penalty because it’s hit our ‘keeper and he’s made a genuine attempt to win the ball.

“To the naked eye it looks a penalty though and you can understand the reasoning behind the sending off.

“We can’t blame anyone else because the reality is we got ourselves into that mess.”