Doubt over Hakeem Odoffin as he rejoins Rotherham United's long injury list

Hakeem Odoffin in possession for Rotherham United at Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Picture: Jim BrailsfordHakeem Odoffin in possession for Rotherham United at Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Picture: Jim Brailsford
Hakeem Odoffin in possession for Rotherham United at Huddersfield Town in the Championship. Picture: Jim Brailsford
ROTHERHAM United are preparing to be without Hakeem Odoffin for their next Championship match as their casualty count this weekend rose to eight players.

The midfielder missed yesterday's 1-1 draw with unbeaten Preston North End with another hamstring issue and has been given little chance of featuring at Cardiff City in six days' time.

The 25-year-old was one of seven players on the sidelines for the Lilywhites clash and centre-half Cameron Humphreys added to the number of walking wounded when he limped off at the interval at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

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Odoffin first damaged his hamstring at Sunderland on August 19 and sat out three games before starting against Huddersfied Town on September 16 and then coming on as a half-time substitute in midweek at Millwall.

"It was a tightness in his hamstring on the back of Wednesday night," said manager Matt Taylor as he explained the player's absence against North End.

"It wasn't like the first instance at Sunderland where he felt a sharp pain. It tightened up during the Millwall game. We were unaware of it until afterwards.

"It didn't hinder him in terms of moving and running but it didn't allow him to sprint."

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Other players who weren't in the frame for the Preston match were midfielders Cafu (hamstring) and Jamie Lindsay (achilles), centre-halves Grant Hall (hamstring) and Sean Morrison (calf), right-back Lee Peltier (calf) and winger Shane Ferguson (groin).

"The fact that this is the second time Haks has had trouble means I'll be very surprised if he's available for Cardiff," Taylor said. "It's not exactly in the same position, but when you re-injure an area like a hamstring then a week/ten days is a quick turnaround."

Odoffin's problem has even more significance for the Millers because they have only one fit central defender and that is a role in which the former Hamilton Academical man could have offered cover.

He will undergo a scan early next week, as will Humphreys who also has a hamstring complaint and is facing several weeks out of action.