ROTHERHAM UNITED: Double absence means Steve Evans is forced to act

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injuries to the two right backs on their books has led to Rotherham United looking at a right back ‘specialist’ who could fill that role.

This led to former Manchester City youngster Javan Vidal playing for the Millers in their 3-1 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels this week.

Named only as A Trialist, it was Vidal, 23, who wore the No 2 shirt and gave an assured and energetic display.

Rotherham’s difficulties in the right back area have arisen due to an injury to Dale Tonge, which has sidelined him for most of pre-season, and then came last Saturday’s hamstring injury to Nicky Hunt which means he misses the start of the season. Tonge has had a scan on his injured achilles and, with a fitness build-up to undergo, has to be a way off yet before he could be back in first team contention although the club are unclear how long he will be out for.

The estimate for Hunt is that he will certainly miss the opening few weeks of the season.

The former Bolton defender walked off during the first half of the game with Hearts when he went to the floor after making a pass. The initial word was that it was a “tweak” to his hamstring but it proved to be worse than that and manager Steve Evans has estimated he will be out for a month.

It meant that Mark Bradley played at right back - as he did at the end of last season - after Hunt’s departure and on Tuesday. He did well there but Bradley is also seen as cover for centre defence.

The double absence means Evans has no recognised right back hence the decision to look at Vidal who had a six game spell on loan at Chesterfield in early 2011. If he wants a further look then he would figure tomorrow’s friendly at Mansfield Town (3pm).