Ankle injury for 13-goal Rotherham United hitman Michael Smith

Michael Smith sat out the Bromley FA Cup tieMichael Smith sat out the Bromley FA Cup tie
Michael Smith sat out the Bromley FA Cup tie
TOP scorer Michael Smith missed Rotherham United's FA Cup triumph this weekend because of injury.

The 13-goal striker was among the substitutes for the League One Millers' 3-0 win over Bromley but was never likely to feature against the National League pace-setters.

Smith's ankle issue is not thought to be serious and he should be available after the two-week international break for the trip to Ipswich Town on Tuesday November 23 once he has served a one-game ban against Cambridge United three days earlier.

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Manager Paul Warne had planned to leave him out against Bromley anyway so Freddie Ladapo and Will Grigg - the likely pairing up front against Cambridge - could play together.

"Smudge was training on Friday but he dropped out before the end," said the boss after Ladapo and Grigg has added to Ben Wiles' spectacular opener against the Ravens at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

"All the lads were giving him stick saying he wouldn't have done that if he'd have been in the team.

"The physio told me it was not worth the risk to put him on the pitch so it was a no-brainer to leave him on the bench. I didn't need to risk anyone."

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Centre-half Michael Ihiekwe was taken off at half-time because of a complaint brought on because he is taking delivery of a new car!

"He struggled with his back a little bit," Warne said. "He is changing his car and has had a courtesy car this week. His seat is at a different angle.

"That kind of thing sounds small but it definitely has an effect on players. He felt a bit off, so it wasn't worth the risk of leaving him on."

Midfielder Wiles was resting a bad ankle but came on after 17 minutes when Hakeem Odoffin was involved in a clash of heads.

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He, Ihiekwe and fellow midfield man Odoffin should all be up for selection by the time of the Cambridge clash and Rotherham are set to be further boosted for that fixture by the return of midfield man Jamie Lindsay (hamstring) and defender Joe Mattock (achilles).