Millers boss Steve Evans has taken the unusual step of outlining the seriousness of the injury situation and the even rarer one of suggesting certain players may be missing from Thursday’s League One Play-off semi-final second leg.
The Rotherham United manager always plays his cards very close to his chest when it comes to discussing injuries and the possible effect on player availability.
However, speaking to the club’s website at www.themillers.co.uk., Evans suggests that top scorer Kieran Agard will miss out again and that Lee Frecklington “doesn’t appear to have much chance”.
He also considered Ben Pringle as doubtful.
Evans and all Millers followers know that should all three, or any two of them, be missing then that would seriously harm their chances of overcoming Preston in the second leg which will start at 1-1.
After playing in every game this season, 25 goal Agard suffered a hamstring injury in training on Friday and was out at Deepdale.
Evans said after that game: “I spoke to him on Saturday morning, he was still feeling it but wanted to play but if you’re not 100 per cent then you can’t play for Rotherham United.”
He bracketed Agard with two players out injured recently and still out of contention, Nicky Adams (calf) and Miles Addison (ankle), and said: “The reality after speaking with our Head of Medical is that none of those look likely to be fit for Thursday.”
He went on: “Richard Brindley, hamstring, and Lee Frecklington, knee, do not appear to have much chance. Ben Pringle, thigh, has to be considered doubtful.
He said that to say he was frustrated would be polite.
Evans also said striker Wes Thomas had been under treatment for a slight back strain but expected him to be available.
Two players back from loans, Michael Tidser (at Ross County) and David Worrall (at Oldham) are available if required.
Leyton Orient and Peterbro’, level at 1-1, meet tonight in the other semi.