Rotherham United: Evans quiet on Millers injuries

Steve Evans after the 1-1 draw
Steve Evans after the 1-1 draw
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Rotherham United followers will be anxiously awaiting news this week of their injured players ahead of the League One Play-off semi-final second leg against Preston at the New York Stadium.R

They are likely to be kept in suspense.

Manager Steve Evans is a reluctant informant when it comes to injury bulletins.

By and large, he likes to keep information in house, giving very little away on whether someone may be available.

In this week of all weeks, Evans is certainly not going to flag up anything of even the remotest advantage to his opponents.

The absence of Kieran Agard was a shock to the 2,000 Millers fans who arrived at Deepdale to find their 25 goal top scorer not even in the squad.

“He trained on Friday and at the end was slightly feeling his hamstring,” was the explanation of the Millers manager.

“He wanted to play but if you’re not 100 per cent then you can’t play for Rotherham United,” he added.

Lee Frecklington took a blow to his leg when colliding with the Preston keeper and went off shortly after.

Richard Brindley injured his hamstring after 20 minutes and clearly is a major doubt.

Evans said they would assess all the injuries (Ben Pringle suffered a ‘dead leg’) after 48 hours.

He is unlikely to let too many cats out of his bag. Indeed, he may genuinely not have any certainty about availability until as late as Thursday morning.

One certainty is midfielder Richie Smallwood back in the squad after his three-match ban.

“I won’t be worrying about those who aren’t available,” said Evans. “We will focus on the 11 out there and it’ll all be about those and the three who could be coming off the bench.”

He added: “The players were magnificent in the way they handled all that was thrown at them in terms of the chopping and changing that was required.

“They embraced that first leg and I’m confident they will embrace the second leg. Preston fans gave their side great support and I am certain our fans will be in full voice and that the atmosphere on Thursday night will be special.”

Rotherham have a few hundred tickets remaining.