Rotherham United will be without in-form midfielder Michael O’Connor for this afternoon’s home game with Oldham Athletic and hope that his absence won’t be drawn out.
O’Connor, in a rich vein of form so far this season, went on after 35 minutes of Northern Ireland’s 3-2 defeat in Luxembourg on Tuesday but reported back to Rotherham with the groin problem.
“We’ll do further investigations but hope it’s a short-term absence not anything else that will keep him out for a while,” said manager Steve Evans.
“It’s frustrating when a player comes back injured after playing for his country but this is the second time with Michael - he broke a bone in his hand when he was away last month.
“When he came to us last year he had almost written off his chances of getting back on the international scene but I was confident that he could do so. But it’s a blow, he was playing well and in his last game, at Notts County, he was absolutely outstanding.”
The other international, Kari Arnason, is fit and is likely to resume in centre defence at the expense of Pablo Mills who played there for the second half last Saturday.
Mark Bradley is fit again and Evans has to choose between him and Richard Brindley.
Skipper Craig Morgan misses out with the ankle injury he suffered last Saturday but he is expected to be available for next week’s trip to Walsall. David Worrall is also close to being fit.
Midfielder Mitch Rose is out for the season after knee surgery on a torn tendon.