Rotherham United wait on Richard Wood and Matt Olosunde as Michael Ihiekwe misses Brentford match

Rotherham United wait on Richard Wood and Matt Olosunde as Michael Ihiekwe misses Brentford match

By Paul Davis | 29/11/2020

Rotherham United wait on Richard Wood and Matt Olosunde as Michael Ihiekwe misses Brentford match
Matt Olosunde

ROTHERHAM United have fitness concerns hanging over two players as they prepare to face high-flying Brentford without ever-present centre-half Michael Ihiekwe.

The Millers will assess hamstring victims central defender Richard Wood and right-back Matt Olosunde at training tomorrow.

Ihiekwe, who has played every minute of every game, is out of Tuesday night's Championship home clash with the Bees because of a one-match ban activated by five cautions.

Nineteenth-placed Rotherham are hoping captain Wood, yet to play since the international break, will make the encounter against a Brentford side just outside the play-off spots.

Tests will determine the fate of Olosunde who played as a wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation in Saturday's 1-1 draw against AFC Bournemouth and came off in the second half.

"He felt his hamstring just before half-time," manager Paul Warne said. "It was a substitution I didn't want to make but his hammy was tightening up.

"With a game coming up so quickly on Tuesday and with Icky getting his fifth booking, that is an issue. There is not much time before the next game."

The Millers gave their best performance of the season to come back from the concession of a 20th-minute spot-kick and earn a point against the promotion-chasing Cherries through a Freddie Ladapo double.

Goalkeeper Jamal Blackman needlessly tangled with Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke and Warne agreed with referee Geoff Eltringham's decision.

"I think it is a penalty," the boss said. "He has run straight into the back of him. He hasn't stopped and the lad has felt contact and gone down.

"Considering that even if you just looked at someone today the referee gave a foul, he was definitely going to give that. I have no complaints."

Warne praised the effort of his side and wished there had been Millers fans inside AESSEAL New York Stadium to make the difference.

"I thought if ever there was a game where we needed our crowd in it would be this one," he said.

"I knew there would be big periods of the match where Bournemouth would be on top and we would need our fans to keep us going."




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