Rotherham United will be missing key players for Saturday’s sell-out derby clash with Sheffield United but manager Steve Evans says there’ll be no moaning about it.
“My attitude is that we’ll get on with it, not moan about anything,” said the Millers boss.
“It’s a great game to have, everybody will want to play in it and we’ve got our near neighbours coming on the back of what is expected to be considerable investment into their club.
“After Saturday at Notts County we were counting up those missing, or likely to be missing, and it was like the old Emergency Ward Ten.”
Evans is definitely without his two internationals, Kari Arnason and Michael O’Connor who are on World Cup duty with Iceland and Northern Ireland.
Right back Mark Bradley pulled his groin at Meadow Lane and appeared to be ruled out there and then although there has been a touch more optimism since.
Right winger David Worrall has also been out for a couple of weeks with hopes he might just be available for this weekend. Midfielder Mitch Rose faces knee surgery and two months out.
Evans was arranging a private friendly this week to get some minutes into some players including one-time Blades defender Claude Davis who was ill and missed the Aston Villa game last week. He is the obvious replacement for Arnason in the heart of the defence.
Pablo Mills will also play in the friendly and the decision to bring him back to the club has already paid off because he replaced Arnason late on in Saturday’s game.
The last of the tickets for the game were snapped up yesterday making it the second full house of the season.
Meanwhile, midfielder David Noble has joined Cheltenham Town on loan until January with a view to extending it to the end of the season. He has not started a game this season.