Viktor Johansson ruled out for Rotherham United following elbow incident

Viktor Johansson ruled out for Rotherham United following elbow incident

By Paul Davis | 26/04/2021

Viktor Johansson ruled out for Rotherham United following elbow incident
The challenge that left Viktor Johansson with a damaged eye. Picture by Jim Brailsford

VIKTOR Johansson will miss the next match of Rotherham United's Championship survival battle as he undergoes concussion protocols after taking an elbow in the face at the weekend.

A scan has confirmed that the goalkeeper has escaped a broken eye socket but he will still sit out tomorrow's trip to Brentford.

The Swede was caught by Barnsley striker Carlton Morris's raised arm in the third-bottom Millers' 1-0 defeat at Oakwell on Saturday, although there is no suggestion the contact was deliberate.

"Viktor did not feel great on Sunday," manager Paul Warne said. "I have been led to believe he might be available for the weekend. He won’t be available for tomorrow, that is for sure.

"It is a blow for the young man. No-one wants an elbow to the face and to come out of the team. He has done really well and been a big part of us.

"But it is a chance for Jamal (Blackman) to pick up his gloves. I thought he did well on Saturday when he came on in the second minute, although he had very little to do."

Viktor Johansson after the Barnsley game

Matt Olosunde, who missed the derby with a stomach bug, was due to train today and is expected to travel with the squad to Brentford this afternoon.

Referee Gavin Ward didn't blow the whistle when Johansson was wiped out by former Rotherham loanee Morris's challenge.

"I have spoken to loads of people and had managers phone me in sympathy," Warne said. "It is a foul anywhere on the pitch and that is no way it is not a foul on my goalkeeper. 

"But we cannot keep harping out about it. We have got four matches left and start with a game against a very good Brentford team. 

"We will take on the challenge on for what it is. Hopefully, at the final whistle, win lose or draw, we are not talking about decisions or mistakes, but a bit of class which has won the game for whichever team.”

The Millers, who have four games left to play, four points behind 21st-placed Derby County with two games in hand.

They have lost four matches in succession by single-goal margins but Warne said: "We are still upbeat.

"The lads came away from the game on Saturday really positive in terms of how we played and the chances we created. We need to take our chances because we are running out of games.”

Ward's gaffe was the second time in four days that Rotherham were on the wrong end of a bad refereeing decision.

Midfielder Matt Crooks had to watch the Barnsley match from the stands after being red-carded by Darren Bond in the previous match against Middlesbrough for an accidental clash of heads with Grant Hall.

The Millers appealed only for the FA to support the dismissal and a three-match ban.

"We were very unlucky with what happened there," Warne said. "I kind of understand it if the referee thinks it is a red card and gives it. I can legislate for that in my brain.

"But I was hugely disappointed the punishment was upheld. That is what I was really surprised with. I don’t know anyone - apart from the odd pundit who has to be controversial - who thought it was a red card."


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