Fitness concerns over duo as Rotherham United head into crunch survival clash

Fitness concerns over duo as Rotherham United head into crunch survival clash

By Paul Davis | 03/04/2021

Fitness concerns over duo as Rotherham United head into crunch survival clash
Paul Warne

ROTHERHAM United are checking on the fitness of two players before deciding on their team for the crucial Easter Monday showdown with Wycombe Wanderers.

The third-bottom Millers are in desperate need of a win tomorrow over the Championship's basement side at AESSEAL New York Stadium as they look to bridge a four-point gap between themselves and safety.

Defensive duo Matt Olosunde and Clark Robertson missed Friday's 1-0 loss at Millwall because of hamstring concerns and are being monitored at the club's Roundwood training complex.

"Matt's a little bit sore in his hamstring," manager Paul Warne said. "He hasn't pulled anything but just has a bit of awareness of his hammy.

"Whether he will be available on Monday, I don't know. The same with Robbo."

Centre-half Robertson hasn't played since late February because of a hamstring pull. He had been in contention for  place in the squad at the New Den but Rotherham decided not to risk him.

The 27-year-old Scot is expected to train today and the Millers are hoping right-back/wing-back Olosunde will also be able to take part in the session.

Richard Wood sits out the Chairboys clash as he serves a one-match ban for his dismissal against Millwall and Warne said: "When you have your centre-half and skipper sent off the fitness of your other defenders becomes more pertinent."

Rotherham lost ground on survival rivals Birmingham City on Friday as the Blues pulled off a stoppage-time win over Swansea City.

Coventry City are now the team immediately above the Millers who are four points behind with three matches in hand.

Warne's men can ill afford to lose against Wycombe and the manager, speaking straight after the Millwall match, said: "It's a big game. We need four or five wins from our last 11 matches, which isn't going to be easy.

"Today was an opportunity and we haven't taken it. Monday is an opportunity. If we don't take that, it goes on to the next game. I don't regard any game as more important than any other. We just need those wins.

"If we don't win on Monday our season isn't over and if we do win on Monday our season isn't over then either. We just have to keep going."

Rotherham deserved at least a point in South-east London and missed a penalty with four minutes to go when they were down to ten men.

"We need to patch the lads up and get them ready for Monday," Warne said. "There's a lot to be happy about today, just not the result."




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