Rotherham United midfielder unlikely to make clash with Bristol City

Rotherham are unlikely to risk Ben Wiles for their Championship match with Bristol City on Saturday.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:56 pm

The midfielder picked up a hamstring injury during Tuesday's 4-1 defeat to Watford.

It came as a result of just one training session after 10 days of inactivity while the club's training ground was shut to the Covid-19 outbreak that affected almost 20 players and staff.

There is no significant damage to the muscle but boss Paul Warne is not prepared to risk him at Ashton Gate.

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Rotherham United's Ben Wiles is not expected to be fit for Saturday's clash with Bristol City.. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

He said: “His hamstring tightened up and it is always the fear when you don't get a good preparation for the game and you come back after not training for 10 days and then you have one day and are up against one of the best teams in the league.

“On Wednesday he looked really confident that he would be available for selection on Saturday, but I am not too sure I am going to take a risk on him.

“ I will take a look at him on Friday but I don't want to play him and have him out for three or four weeks. That would be stupid. As I talk now I don't think he will start Saturday.”

Warne will again miss the game as he enters the final few days of self-isolation following his own battle with coronavirus.

But Lewis Wing and Trevor Clarke return to the fold following their troubles with the virus.

The Millers find themselves six points off safety following Birmingham's win over Reading on Wednesday, but they have four games in hand.

Many of those games will be played in quick succession but Warne thinks winning five of their remaining 13 will see them stay up, considering many of them are against teams around them in the table.

“If we can play well on Saturday or even pick up a point, then we have a lot of good games where our destiny is in our hands,” he added.

“I do think we maybe need to win five or six games tops to stay up. But if Coventry and Birmingham win even more, then it is going to have to be greater.”

“We just need to pick up wins. Ideally we’d like to win three or four on the spin, but we have not done that this season. I’d be stupid and naive to think we will do that.

“As with everything in sport, we need a little bit of lady luck and decision from a ref here and there and keep everyone fit to give ourselves a right chance.

“But if we could win seven on the spin, it would be great for my career.”