Angus MacDonald an injury doubt for Rotherham United's survival double-header

Angus MacDonald an injury doubt for Rotherham United's survival double-header

By Paul Davis | 02/05/2021

Angus MacDonald an injury doubt for Rotherham United's survival double-header
Angus MacDonald sits on the turf before being forced off by injury. Picture by Dave Poucher

ANGUS MacDonald's season could be over after the defender limped out of Rotherham United's Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

The centre-half, who has been playing during the run-in despite calf trouble, lasted only 36 minutes of the 1-1 draw which kept alive the third-bottom Millers' hopes of survival.

Manager Paul Warne anticipates the 28-year-old missing the final two matches of the campaign, at Luton Town tomorrow and Cardiff City on Saturday.

"Angus is one of those players who has digging in there," the boss said. "He has been struggling with his calves and did not train much last week.

"We have had to patch him up and get him out for games. I think his calf has gone."

A mistake by MacDonald led to Blackburn opening the scoring at AESSEAL New York Stadium before loanee Lewis Wing's first goal for the club earned Rotherham a point.

"Prior to the goal, I said to Angus ‘Are you all right?’ and he went ‘Yeah, yeah’," Warne said. "But I thought he was not moving very well.

"I presume he will be unavailable for the next games."

Goalkeeper Viktor Johansson had passed his concussion tests after being elbowed in the eye a week earlier at Barnsley but the Millers decided not to risk him against Rovers.

"The protocols are pretty strict. He had ticked all the boxes and trained on Friday for the first time," Warne said.

"Viktor is a warrior but a goalkeeper who has been smashed in the face and has been concussed ... if a ball had come in in the first minute of the Blackburn game, how would he have felt about coming to get it? Also, what would happen if he got hit again?"

The young Swede is under consideration for the trip to Luton. However, Jamal Blackman is likely to keep his place after a man-of-the-match display against Blackburn.


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