Walking, wounded and unwell ... but some of Rotherham United's huge number of casualties should be back for Boxing Day

Walking, wounded and unwell ... but some of Rotherham United's huge number of casualties should be back for Boxing Day

By Paul Davis | 23/12/2019

Walking, wounded and unwell ... but some of Rotherham United's huge number of casualties should be back for Boxing Day
Matt Crooks scores despite a stomach problem against Fleetwood

INJURY-HIT Rotherham United are hoping some of their walking wounded will return for their Boxing Day clash at Shrewsbury Town.

A patched-up Millers side missing more than half a dozen potential starters fought back for a 2-2 League One home draw against Fleetwood Town.

After the match, manager Paul Warne revealed the extent of the injuries and illnesses that had hit the camp:

* Captain and centre-half Richard Wood, out with a hamstring issue.

* Central defender Michael Ihiekwe, laid low by a back complaint.

* Centre-back Clark Robertson, filling a place on the bench but with no chance of playing because of illness.

* Right-back Billy Jones, sidelined by a hamstring pull.

* Midfielder Matt Crooks, filling in as an emergency centre-half despite suffering from severe diarrhoea

* Midfielder Jamie Lindsay, in a hospital in Glasgow tending his poorly new-born son.

* Midfielder Shaun MacDonald, ruled out with a pulled calf.

* Midfielder Ben Wiles, playing with a heavily-strapped ankle.

* Striker Freddie Ladapo, playing through the pain of a sore ankle.

Warne is confident that Wood, Robertson, Crooks and Ladapo will be fit for the Shrews and is awaiting medical reports on Ihiekwe and Wiles.

Jones and MacDonald are definitely unavailable and Lindsay is expected to miss out even though, happily, the condition of son Jaiden is improving.

"Robbo has been ill all week and hasn't been at the training ground," revealed the manager following the draw that saw his side slip from sixth to eighth in the table.

"Today was his first day. He was coughing and spluttering. We didn't want to put him on unless we had to. I didn't take him out of his scarf today but I'm hoping he should be available to train come Monday.

"Hopefully we can get a bit refreshed for Boxing Day. Cooksy should be okay.

"Icky did his back on Tuesday. We were confident he would be available but in the end he wasn't. I honestly don't know about him for Boxing Day. The physios tell me that in 24 hours he should feel better but they've been telling me that for four days on the spin.

"I don't know on Wilesy either. The obvious move if he can't play is to put Crooksy in central midfield."

Depleted Rotherham fought back from a goal down at the break to force a draw against Joey Barton's play-off-chasing visitors.

"With a makeshift team against a really good Fleetwood side, we did okay," Warne added. "I think Fleetwood's front two (Paddy Madden and Ched Evans) are a right handful. If they didn't win the ball they won a free-kick. 

"A lot of the ones we had out are my experienced players really. Icky has been our best player this season and since he's taken the captaincy in Woody's absence I think he's done really well. Losing him was a massive blow."