Rotherham United are turning to new medical experts in their bid to help captain Lee Frecklington beat his recurring calf problems.
The influential skipper will miss Saturday’s Championship trip to Aston Villa after limping out of last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Wolves.
He damaged his calf in the opening-day clash with the West Midlands side after twice suffering long absences last season with injuries in the same area.
“It’s something fresh but it’s obviously another calf injury,” manager Alan Stubbs told The Star. “We’re exploring a couple of alternative methods of treatment because he has had a couple of problems with his calf.
“It’s only right we speak to the necessary people to see if we can get to the bottom of why he’s having injuries in a similar area.”
Stubbs, who anticipates two new arrivals very shortly, is backing Frecklington’s renowned powers of healing to bring him back ahead of schedule.
“He’s had the scans and we’re hoping it’s not going to be too significant,” the boss said. “Maybe 10 days to two weeks is potentially what he’s going to miss. It’s normally two to three weeks, depending on the player.
“Knowing Frecks and the way he is, I would say two weeks is the maximum he could be out for us.”
Joe Mattock is on course to be fit after hurting his knee against Wolves and centre-half Kirk Broadfoot has had an injection to ease a back problem and should be available for the Villa Park showdown.
Meanwhile, the Millers could have two new players in place by the weekend. Stubbs was hoping this morning the deals may even go through today, although tomorrow seems more likely.
“I’ve brought in eight players now. There will be more,” he said. “There may be some going out. That’s normal. It’s nothing new. Players come and players go. “We’re hopeful that we may be able to conclude one today, maybe even two today.”
The Liverpudlian says he knows who will wear the armband in Frecklington’s absence but won’t publicly reveal who it is until he has told the players.