Middlesbrough midfielder Matt Dolan may have played his last game for Yeovil Town after manager Gary Johnson revealed doubts over his future.
The loan ace is back with his npower Championship parent club again, having picked up a groin injury that ruled him out of Yeovil’s 1-0 defeat of Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
It is the second time Boro under-21 captain Dolan has returned to the North East for treatment after originally limping off during the Glovers’ 3-0 League One triumph over Brentford at the start of last month.
Dolan has made five appearances for the Huish Park outfit, originally hooking up with Johnson’s squad at Portsmouth at the end of December.
Despite Dolan proving his quality in the middle of the park and adapting to the rigours of senior football, Johnson said this latest set-back could spell the end of his Yeovil career and force them to look elsewhere.
The boss said: “Matty Dolan was injured and had to go back because he had a slight problem with his groin.
“We missed a month full of payment for him because he was injured and it was unlucky that he got injured again just before we were going to go into another month. That’s now on hold and we are waiting for him to let us know when he is okay.
“As soon as he’s okay we then have to decide whether we bring him back or try and get somebody else.”
With the Glovers continuing to blaze a trail amongst League One’s top six, Johnson said it was a “balancing act” to keep players focused whilst making sure they do not over do it in training.
“On occasions we have got to wrap them up in cotton wool and others you have got to train them very hard,” he said.
“It’s a really delicate balancing act in keeping them up for it and keeping them free of injury.”