Rotherham United are counting their casualties as they come to terms with more disappointment over the non-arrival of loan signing Carlton Morris.
The Millers have added centre-forward Danny Ward and winger Jon Taylor to their long injured list ahead of this weekend’s Championship trip to former boss Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.
And they will be without Morris, the striker they signed in last month’s transfer window, whose temporary switch from Norwich City has been delayed yet again.
“I have got a few walking wounded. I need to reassess for Saturday,” said caretaker manager Paul Warne in the wake of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss in time added on to third-placed Huddersfield Town.
“We lost Wardy to injury so whether he will be available I don’t know, Taylor is sore, so I don’t know about him. Wardy has a sore calf. I don’t know whether he has pulled it, but he is stiff, so we had to take him off.”
Morris, aged 21, had been due at New York Stadium this week after completing his rehabilitation with his parent club from a hamstring problem.
“He has had a setback on his injury, which is a disaster,” Warne revealed. “Well, not a disaster, but it would be better if he was here, obviously.
“I spoke to him on Monday and he said he had had a setback. I text with him daily. He has had a grade-two hamstring strain and he is an asset to Norwich, so they are reluctant for me to get my mitts on him.”
Rotherham, the second tier’s bottom club and 14 points adrift of safety, have suffered cruel luck with injuries.
Goalkeeper Lee Camp and centre-half Kirk Broadfoot have been ruled out for the season with knee and back problems respectively, while skipper and captain Lee Frecklington (ankle) and defenders Darnell Fisher and Aimen Belaid (both pulled hamstrings) have also been missing.
Frecklington, Fisher and Belaid have all trained this week, although there is no guarantee they will be ready for the Millers’ reunion with Warnock.
“I just hope the likes of Fisher and Frecks are coming back,” Warne said.
Rotherham led twice against the Terriers at New York before going down to a goal in the 92nd minute.
“The players deserved to get something out of the game,” Warne said. “A point against the in-form team in the league would have been a right boost for them.
“Psychology in sport is key. Hudderfield believe they are going to win and our lads are on a season where it’s the opposite.
“I am not saying they think they are going to lose, but I have to pick them up again and make them believe they are going to get a result at Cardiff.”