Rotherham United: Ward going? He'll be back in Millers training on Monday, says Warne
Ward missed the Millers’ 2-1 Championship win over Norwich City, sparking mass rumours the 10-goal hitman is poised to leave the club early next week.
But Warne, revelling in a victory over his home-town club, revealed Ward was laid low by a back spasm.
“He’s flown to Naples to sign for ...,” joked the caretaker manager. “No, he’s done his back. He’s had a ‘twingy’ back. There are no massive smoke and mirrors.
“If we had lost today, I would have loved to have seen Twitter. I don’t go near it anymore. But it would have been absolute Rumour Mill Central.
“He’ll be training on Monday.
“Unless I get a bid of ridiculous amounts of money, he’ll be in the squad to face Newcastle next week.”
Ward, who wasn’t at New York Stadium for the match, filmed a good-luck video for his teammates.
Reflecting on his third three-point haul since taking charge, Warne said: “I didn’t think many people would give us a chance and I thought that would be in our favour.
“Norwich would have expected to beat the bottom of the league. Maybe we did break a few coupons.”
Meanwhile, attacker Peter Odemwingie has left the club.