Cafu and Cohen Bramall decisions going down to the wire for Rotherham United

Cohen Bramall in action for Rotherham United at Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Picture: Jim BrailsfordCohen Bramall in action for Rotherham United at Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Cohen Bramall in action for Rotherham United at Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Picture: Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United are leaving it as late as possible before deciding whether to include Cafu and Cohen Bramall in their squad to take on Championship leaders Preston North End at AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow.

The 21st-placed Millers, who are without a number of first-teamers because of injuries, will give the pair fitness tests in the morning.Playmaker Cafu has missed the last two matches with a hamstring niggle while left-back Bramall sat out Wednesday's clash at Milwall after jarring his knee in the previous game, at Huddersfield Town.

The former is more of a doubt than the latter as Rotherham gear up for the visit of the Lilywhites who have racked up six wins and a draw in their opening seven league encounters.

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"Cafu is pushing close," manager Matt Taylor told the Advertiser. "He hasn't trained fully this week but he's been on the pitch doing a little bit of work. It's looking less likely he'll play as things stand.

"Cohen's still not trained yet this week. We've barely had any training time (because of the Millwall match and all the travelling involved). We'll assess where he's at.

A scan has shown no structural damage to the defender's knee and it's just a case of whether the pain subsides enough to allow him to be available.

The Millers have struggled on their travels this season and have lost all four of their away fixtures - including two in five days since last Saturday - but they have impressed at New York where they beat high-flying Norwich City last time out.

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"We seem to perform well at home against good teams," Taylor said. "And Preston are a good team at the moment. They're top of the league for a reason.

"Against Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and then Norwich we've been close to where we need to be in terms of performances. Our home for, for a long period of time, has generally been strong.

"We're conscious of where bodies and minds are after Saturday-Wednesday. It's been a tough couple of games."

Right-back Lee Peltier and centre-half have done some training this week in a small group with Cafu but, after long absences, are looking at comebacks at Cardiff City on September 30 rather than in tomorrow's contest.

"It's difficult to put them straight in or even have them involved on the bench without the belief that they've done enough to not damage themselves any further," Taylor said.