UNLUCKY Mark Bradley has been praised by his Rotherham United manager Andy Scott who was prepared to give him away in the summer.
Capped by Wales last year, Bradley faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines if an operation is required, as expected, after he dislocated his shoulder against Sheffield United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday.
“I really feel for the lad because if it means surgery, and it would be looking like that, then he faces about four months out,” said Scott.
“He has come back really well and, to be honest, been terrific, after he was made available in the summer.”
Bradley, who arrived from Walsall last year to challenge for a midfield place, filled in as a central defender on Tuesday and was hurt making a challenge on Ched Evans.
During pre-season it appeared he hardly had a future at all with the Millers when Scott said he was available to go and could find another club if he so wished.
He stayed and, in pre-season, showed versatility by playing in centre defence and adapting comfortably. Then, in his preferred midfield role, he went on as a substitute against Gillingham and his impact on that game was dramatic and he had a major part in Rotherham’s win.
“He will see a consultant but with the possibility that with an injury like this the shoulder could keep ‘popping out’, it is likely that surgery will be the course taken,” said Scott.
“He took the knock of being told was available very well and has been terrific since around the place.
“He has worked really hard and got himself back involved and full credit to him because he has been superb.”
With Ryan Cresswell awaiting a decision on his ankle injury, Rotherham are right down on available defenders with one of them, Johnny Mullins, only just back after five months out and rested on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s attendance of 6,737 was Rotherham’s second highest at Don Valley topped by the 7,082 for the Play-off semi-final, second leg against Aldershot in 2010.
Rotherham’s first ever game in the JPT, then called the Associate Members Cup, was a 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United in February 1984.