By Alex Gibbings

Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton has said that Doncaster will always have a place in his heart, after helping them to gain promotion from League Two this season.

Houghton signed on loan for Rovers in August 2016, and immediately went in to the squad to face Accrington Stanley. He was an ever-present until February when he suffered a season-ending injury against Luton Town.

The fan favourite quickly won over supporters with his commanding performances in Darren Ferguson’s midfield, and after his injury he has shown his support for his former teammates by sitting in the away end at recent games against Colchester United and Wycombe Wanderers.

Chelsea midfielder Houghton has already had great success in his short career, adding promotion from League Two to his 2014 FA Youth Cup win with the Blues.

He spoke of his time at Doncaster by saying: “I think I’ve played a big part in our promotion so I’m very proud. I will always have a place in my heart for Donny. It’s been very pleasing (this season), but obviously it is not ideal how the season has ended prematurely for me.”

Houghton is also well open to a return to South Yorkshire next year, saying that: “From my end, it would be a possibility to return to Doncaster if that’s what the manager wants. For now though, it is still early days and I’m fully concentrated on my rehab at Chelsea with the physio’s here.”

Recovery from his injury is well underway however, but it was hard to take at the beginning for Houghton. He said: “I felt like I was doing really well at the time, but these things happen. It’s how you react to negative situations and I’m making good progress. I’ll be back stronger and better than before.”

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