Rotherham United boss Alan Stubbs has quashed suggestions of a rift with utility man Greg Halford.
Halford didn’t make the starting 11 for the opening match of the Championship season on August 6 and has been absent for the last two games after performing poorly in the 5-4 EFL Cup defeat against League Two Morecambe.
But the Millers manager is adamant there is nothing sinister in the absence of the 31-year-old who played a major role in the club’s second-tier survival last season.
“There isn’t anything beneath the surface,” he said. “Greg is injured.
“He had a scan a few days ago and that showed he had a groin strain. Before any rumours start flying about, there’s nothing in that whatsoever.”
Kirk Broadfoot missed his third match in a row in last night’s 3-0 loss at high-flying Brighton because of a nerve problem in his back.
Rotherham hope the centre-half will be fit for Saturday’s AESSEAL New York Stadium clash with Brentford, but there are no guarantees.
“It’s an injury that in a couple of days could settle down, but in a couple of days it might not settle down,” Stubbs said.
“The signs are that it’s starting to settle. He’s spoken to the specialist who doesn’t feel an injection would help, which is a good sign.
“It’s cat and mouse really. We’re waiting to see. He could train on Thursday, but there’s a chance he might not as well.”
Stubbs has made 10 signings since his June 2 appointment and is tipping around four more arrivals before the transfer deadline closes at the end of this month.
The latest new boy, teenage winger Izzy Brown, brought in on a season-long loan from Chelsea, could make his Millers bow against the Bees.
“Izzy will give us another threat in that attacking area,” Stubbs said. “We are looking to strengthen the squad. Izzy is a sign of that.”