Rotherham United: Millers boost as duo extend loans

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Rotherham United have extended the loan deals of James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic.

Discussions with their club, Newcastle United, have been favourable and the duo will stay for a further month with Rotherham hoping that they might get the pair for the remainder of the season.

“Newcastle have seen that the pair are enjoying it, they are involved and progressing and were happy for them to stay on,” said Millers boss Steve Evans.

“I would like them to stay for the rest of the season and that is something we will look at come the end of January.”

Tavernier has been a regular, playing in either full back role or filling in on the right of midfield as he did against Bradford City and, late on, at Port Vale.

Vuckic has started the past three matches in an attacking role, netting his first goal with the winner at Bradford City.

Meanwhile, Claude Davis will start a three match ban when Rotherham play Coventry City at the New York Stadium today.

Although the video evidence of the incident backed up Rotherham’s initial assertion that the defender kicked the ball and not Tom Pope, the fact Davis did not move away after the whistle had gone for the foul and then committed his action would, the club believe, have definitely gone against him in any appeal.

It means that Karis Arnason will stay alongside Craig Morgan assuming the skipper has fully recovered from his illness - he was in bed for two days before bravely agreeing to play at Vale Park.

Evans said Lee Frecklington was feeling better yesterday but added: “I don’t yet know who is 100 per cent and who isn’t and there is also the possibility that someone else could be affected in the meantime so it’s wait and see.”

Ben Pringle will be missing through a one-match ban but Mark Bradley and Rob Milsom are both available after missing Sunday’s game through suspension. Milsom looks likeliest to fill Pringle’s role.

“This will be a tough game and Coventry will have Leon Clarke playing this time and he makes a big difference to them and had a partnership with the lad Callum Wilson,” said Evans. “They have some gifted players in their team.

“We had a great 2013 - I’ve seen the stat saying we had the highest points per game average in 2013 outside the top two divisions - so let’s see if we can have a great 2014.”

The club expect 10,000 with Coventry well backed.