Rotherham’s first-choice keeper Viktor Johansson to miss crucial Brentford clash

Rotherham will be without goalkeeper Viktor Johansson for the visit to Brentford.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 2:39 pm
Updated Monday, 26th April 2021, 3:34 pm

The Swedish goalkeeper suffered a facial injury in just the second minute of the 1-0 defeat at Barnsley on Saturday.

He was clattered into by former striker Carlton Morris for the Reds' goal, with referee Gavin Ward inexplicably not awarding a free-kick.

Johansson was forced to have a scan, which fortunately showed no fracture of the eye-socket which was suspected.

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Viktor Johansson was injured during Barnsley's goal, which proved the difference.

However, he will still be missing for the trip to London due to concussion protocols, meaning Jamal Blackman will don the gloves.

“Viktor did not feel great on Sunday," manager Paul Warne said. "I have been led to believe he might be available for the weekend. He won’t be available for tomorrow, that is for sure.

"It is a blow for the young man. No one wants an elbow to the face and to come out of the team. He has done really well and been a big part of us.

"But it is a chance for Jamal (Blackman) to pick up his gloves. I thought he did well on Saturday when he came on in the second minute, although he had very little to do."

The Millers are still feeling a sense of injustice that Morris' goal was allowed to stand, particularly as it came hours after the Football Association rejected their appeal of Matt Crooks red card against Middlesbrough three days earlier.

Crooks was dismissed for a challenge that involved less contact than Morris', which went unpunished.

“I have spoken to loads of people and had managers phone me in sympathy," Warne said. "It is a foul anywhere on the pitch and that is no way it is not a foul on my goalkeeper.

"But we cannot keep harping out about it. We have got four matches left and start with a game against a very good Brentford team.

"We will take on the challenge on for what it is. Hopefully, at the final whistle, win lose or draw, we are not talking about decisions or mistakes, but a bit of class which has won the game for whichever team.”