Rotherham United boss Paul Warne provides update on injured trio ahead of Stoke City clash

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Rotherham boss Paul Warne expects Wes Harding, Richard Wood and Jamie Lindsay to be fit for the crunch clash with Stoke.

All three picked up knocks in Saturday's vital 1-0 win over Derby but Warne thinks the they will all be OK despite the quick turnaround.

“I know Wes is a bit sore, Woody is a bit sore and Jamie Lindsay got a dead leg in the first half but he doesn't really feel pain,” Warne said. “He is a bit of a Braveheart.

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“They all had a day in bed on Sunday and I'll see them on Monday.

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne. Photo: Darren Staples/SportimageRotherham United manager Paul Warne. Photo: Darren Staples/Sportimage
Rotherham United manager Paul Warne. Photo: Darren Staples/Sportimage

“I don't think any of them are serious. Wes just took a whack, Woody always has something but is always OK and I can see Jamie being a problem. If you stay on the pitch you are OK.”

The Millers' squad was boosted at Pride Park by the presence of fit-again Clark Robertson and Shaun MacDonald.

Both men have been out since October with respective broken bones in their foot and leg, but were back in the matchday squad.

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Robertson came on as a substitute while MacDonald could be in contention for a start against the Potters.

Kieran Sadlier and Chiedozie Ogebene are also back in training this week.

“It's nice having Robbo back,” Warne said. “We had Shauny Mac and I was tempted to put him on, but he is not physically in that place yet.

“He might be by Tuesday night. I politely brought him as a cheerleader. He is a brilliant pro and he gives the squad a real boost.

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“Next week we have Kieran and Chieo back as well. It's a good time for the club, having those players back is a massive boost.

“With 25 games left we just have to keep going.”

The Millers will be aiming to move out of the relegation zone with three points.

Warne hopes confidence is high after the win at Derby.

“Confidence is a weird thing, it is very fragile,” he said. “You win two on the spin you think you can beat anyone, you lose two on the spin and you're all over the place.

“Before the game at Derby I said what I thought of them as footballers and told them they needed to have the same belief in themselves as I do.

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“It was really pleasing that they did everything we asked them to do although I think we could be a bit more clinical in the final third.

“There were no complaints from me, we did really well and how hard the midfielders have to work, it was a real team effort.”

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