Freddie Ladapo injury blow, and could there be a Rotherham United debut coming up for Georgie Kelly?

Freddie Ladapo injury blow, and could there be a Rotherham United debut coming up for Georgie Kelly?

By Paul Davis | 06/03/2022

Freddie Ladapo injury blow, and could there be a Rotherham United debut coming up for Georgie Kelly?
Freddie Ladapo

A SCAN tomorrow will determine how much of Rotherham United's promotion run-in striker Freddie Ladapo will miss.

The 15-goal hot-shot damaged his quad yesterday and had to be replaced late in the second half as the League One leaders suffered a 2-1 loss against ten-man MK Dons at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Manager Paul Warne fears the 29-year-old will be sidelined for a fortnight, which will see him sit out third-tier games against Wycombe Wanderers, Lincoln City and Shrewsbury Town.

"Hopefully the scan is kind but my educated guess is that he will be out for two weeks," said the boss.

Midfielder Jamie Lindsay, unavailable for the clash against the third-placed Dons because of a shoulder issue, is expected to make a quick recovery and could be in contention for the midweek EFL Trophy semi-final trip to Hartlepool United.

"I think he'll get a scan and his shoulder jabbed," Warne. "He should be okay for Wednesday. He will be okay for Wycombe (next Saturday)."

The last-four showdown against Pools may see a debut for centre-forward Georgie Kelly as the Millers take the chance to rest some first-team regulars ahead of the trip to Adams Park three days later.

That match has taken on added significance after yesterday's setback saw Wigan Athletic, in second spot, and the Dons close the gap on Rotherham to four and seven points respectively.

Kelly has been working on his fitness after leaving part-time football in the League of Ireland and moving to South Yorkshire in the January transfer window.

The tie is also likely to see the return of centre-half Rarmani Edmonds-Green and wing-back Mickel Millers after hamstring pulls.

"I will be looking forward to using those two again," Warne said. "We are going to have to play some different faces. Georgie has an opportunity to get himself closer to the squad."

Meanwhile, Shane Ferguson was the first-teamer who had been a doubt for the MK match because of illness. He trained on Friday and managed to last for 68 minutes at New York.

"Shane has been bad with a fever," Warne said.