Injury update as Rotherham United duo Joe Newell and Clark Robertson look to make Owls derby

By Paul Davis | 03/12/2018

Injury update as Rotherham United duo Joe Newell and Clark Robertson look to make Owls derby
Joe Newell

ROTHERHAM United are assessing injuries to Joe Newell and Clark Robertson as they gear up for Saturday's South Yorkshire showdown at Sheffield Wednesday.

Both players had to leave the field during last Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Championship leaders Norwich City which saw the Millers' seven-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Winger Newell came off with a calf problem in the first half and centre-half Clark Robertson failed to reappear after the interval because of a groin issue.

Rotherham are hoping Robertson, who has formed a good partnership with Semi Ajayi, will be fit for the Owls clash but there is no news yet on Newell.

"Joe has a tight calf," manager Paul Warne said. "He thought he could run it off but it got worse.

"Robbo’s groin tightened up. Bringing him off was precuationary. With any luck, he should be all right for next Saturday. With the form he has been in, losing him was a massive blow.

Clark Robertson

"Losing Newelly was a massive blow as well because he was playing well. After the injuries, we were limited to what we could change in the second half."

The Millers led at half-time through Richie Towell's 11th-minute opener against Warne's home-town club but conceded three second-half goals as Norwich upped their game.

"No disrespect to Woody (half-time substitute Richard Wood) but you don’t want to be changing your centre-halves if you can help it," Warne said.

"I would have liked to have brought on some more legs in the middle of the pitch in the second half but at the time I thought the ball was coming back too much so I put Procs (Jamie Proctor) on up front. I was really pleased with how he played when he came on."

Rotherham were good value for their interval lead, but gifted the Canaries their second and third goals through defensive errors.

"First half, we were excellent," Warne said. "We frustrated Norwich and on the counter-attack we were good. At the break, no-one could complain we were 1-0 up.

"I said to the lads in the dressing room at the end that if I’d told them at half-time they were going to concede three second-half goals people would have thought I’d been drinking.

"After all our good work in the first half, we had a crazy 15 minutes when we just didn’t get out and didn’t play the way I wanted us to play. Norwich's class told."

Warne's men head to Hillsborough in 20th place and would move above Wednesday, who are in 16th spot, if they win.

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