Grant Hall and Tyler Blackett set for longer injury absences at Rotherham United

Rotherham United's Tyler BlackettRotherham United's Tyler Blackett
Rotherham United's Tyler Blackett
​​IT will be “weeks rather than days” before Grant Hall and Tyler Blackett are back in contention at Rotherham United.

Hall has been managed only half a dozen appearances this season because of hamstring and hip trouble while fellow defender Blackett has been out with a severe hamstring tear.

Confirming the time frame, manager Leam Richardson said: "They’ve been working hard and the medical team are working with them.

"They are big players, big characters for us.

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"Tyler gives us good balance and Grant is an experienced centre-half, which is something we’ve missed all season.

"We have run with one (specialist) centre-half since I have been in the building really and in the Championship that is some challenge because you’ve certain things you can do and certain things that you can’t.

"Sean Morrison – and I don’t like to single anybody out – has been the only available one and he has kept himself available and his level of performance has been quite strong.”

Richardson, meanwhile, has praised the contribution of Peter Kioso and Hakeem Odoffin. Both showed up well in the heroic midweek defeat at Ipswich and he be lieves they can play a big part in the club’s future.

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He said: "There are some good senior players here and also a group of lads who will take this club forward and they (Kioso and Odoffin) are two of those.

"They are learning on the job and it’s a hard learning curve when you’re going to places like Leeds United, Leicester, Ipswich etc but that’s where we want to be and they will benefit from the experience.

"We want to evolve and make sure the next time we meet teams like Ipswich we win the game.”