Boss Steve Evans is casting a careful eye over training today before finalising his Rotherham United line-up for tomorrow’s Championship six-pointer against Wigan Athletic.
With players expected to return from injury, Evans has a host of options at his disposal for the showdown at AESSEAL New York Stadium where a win for the home side could see the Millers climb 12 points clear of the drop zone and plunge the 22nd-placed Latics deeper into the relegation mire.
“I like to see players train on Friday to see how sharp they are,” Evans said.
Skipper and centre-half Craig Morgan is close to a return after a twisted knee, while midfielder Paul Green and attacker could be available after knocks.
The Millers manager has to decide whether to retain loan teenager Farrend Rawson who excelled on his debut at the heart of the defence in last-week’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town and whether to keep centre-half Kari Arnason in midfield after his man-of-the-match display there at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“There’s a plus side to bringing Craig in, there’s a down side,” Evans said. “There’s a plus side to playing young Faz, there’d be a down side. We just have to make sure that we get that right.
“Arnason is a good player in central midfield, he’s a good player at centre-back.
“I’ll sit with my staff nearer Friday night and decide what the formation will be, and the formation will dictate where Kari plays.”
Evans said tomorrow’s clash was the most important of the season but only as it’s the next one up.
“It’s the biggest game because it’s the next one,” he said.
“Millwall was the biggest. Going to Huddersfield last week was the biggest.”
On paper, 20th-placed Rotherham have an easier run-in than the teams below them in the table, assuming bottom club Blackpool are now too far adrift to be count.
The Rotherham boss explained that Jonson Clarke-Harris’ desire to play first-team football was behind the young striker’s loan switch to Doncaster Rovers.
“Jonson is a young man who was asking on a daily basis to play football. I love him for that,” he said. “Doncaster have a manager I admire and they’re fighting for the play-offs, so it was an easy decision. It’s right that he plays football at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. He’s still going through a huge learning curve so the deal could be a really good move for both Doncaster and for Jono.
The Millers, who have let left-back Mat Sadler to join Oldham Athletic on loan, have inserted a 24-hour recall clause in the Harris deal.
The Championship run-in for Rotherham United and the teams directly below them in the table
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