ROTHERHAM UNITED: Arnason return will give Evans problems to solve

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THE man regarded as Rotherham United’s best midfielder has yet to play there this season - barring a little cameo of 12 minutes, that is.

But when the man in question, Iceland international Kari Arnason, is available again - and this Saturday’s home game with Oxford United is looking a distinct possibility - then manager Steve Evans will have to get a quart into a pint pot.

He is likely to find himself with an embarrassment of riches but also with the balance of the team to consider.

Arnason started Rotherham’s very first game at Hull in the Capital One Cup in midfield. A defensive injury after just 12 minutes saw him drop into the back four and he remained there for the following four games until going on international duty with Iceland where he picked up an injury.

He hasn’t played for Rotherham for five games now but is close to a reappearance and manager Steve Evans has been saying for a week or two that if Arnason is fit, he starts. And that he wants him in midfield and not at the back.

Arnason’s presence in midfield, should he return there on Saturday, would almost certainly be at the expense of last week’s 18-year-old debutant Mitchell Rose.

But how does Evans eventually accommodate everyone - notably Arnason, Michael O’Connor, Jason Taylor, Ben Pringle and the returning David Noble?

To pick four of those five is a difficult enough job but would also mean going without a recognised winger in the starting XI. And with none of the five regarded as having great pace, then that would mean the side short of an asset that opposing teams always fear.

Arnason’s return will, on the evidence of his pre-season outings, certainly boost Rotherham. But it will also pose Evans some ticklish selection problems.

Rotherham’s intention to give David Noble some match action this afternoon have been dashed.

They had intended playing him in the reserves’ fixture at Walsall but the game was called off yesterday due to persistent, torrential rain and its effect on the Bescot Stadium pitch.