Macheda signed on loan for Doncaster Rovers in mid-September and the Championship side’s manager Paul Dickov was delighted with the deal. "Technically he’s very good," noted Dickov. "He can hold the ball up, but we want to get him in the box because that’s where he’s at his best." The Italian striker opened his account in his second game for Rovers, scoring twice in a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest. He followed that up with the only goal against Sheffield Wednesday a week later.
Unfortunately for Macheda, the move was cut short when a hamstring injury resulted in him returning to Old Trafford. Dickov explained he was hopeful of resurrecting the loan once ‘Kiko’ returned to full fitness.
The Italian striker returned to Doncaster after recovering from injury and featured in three games in November. He claimed an assist in their 2-1 win over Yeovil Town, setting up the opener for Dean Furman.
Rovers boss Dickov continued to rely on Macheda this month, handing the Italian five starts and two substitute appearances. His side struggled as the year came to a close and