THE one position that Rotherham United manager Steve Evans doesn’t have covered with a like-for-like replacement is at left back.
So, he will anxiously await the news of the outcome of a visit to a specialist for his only recognised left back, Laurie Wilson, this week.
Wilson, signed from Morecambe as one of 12 summer signings, hasn’t figured since being taken off half-an-hour into Rotherham’s 6-2 defeat at Port Vale on September 8.
It appears that even then he was suffering with a knee problem which may, or may not, have contributed towards his difficulties that afternoon although he was by no means the only one.
Up to then Wilson had been the left back choice - indeed, the only choice.
Evans said that the defender had had a tendon problem and had been having some discomfort. It was, therefore, arranged for him to see a specialist.
It has meant Dale Tonge, nominally a right back, being asked to play left back. It isn’t his natural side, although down the years a number of players elsewhere have been “right-footed” left backs and forged a career there.
In fact, Mark Bradley - essentially a right-sided player - has played at left back including in the opening game of the season at Hull City in the Capital One Cup when Wilson was injured in the opening minutes and had to go off.
Craig Morgan has come as a left-sided central defender with suggestion he could figure at left back if necessary although he has never actually played as a left back.
But Tonge has played left back in the past three games and Evans paid tribute to him saying he had been excellent.
If Wilson is ruled out for next Saturday then Evans may well be intent on bringing someone in before then.
Last Saturday at Barnet, Evans left out right back Nicky Hunt and restored Bradley to that position. He has recently been out with a hamstring injury but his recovery gives Evans on that side whilst Johnny Mullins can also play right back.
Rotherham’s scheduled reserve team gave at Walsall yesterday was called off due to the torrential rain in the previous 24 hours.