Fitness updates on Tyler Blackett and Lee Peltier, plus the views of Jamie Lindsay as Rotherham United prepare to take on the Championship's top team, Burnley

Both defenders came off against Luton Town yesterday.
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DEFENDER Tyler Blackett is a major fitness concern for Rotherham United as they gear up for the visit of Championship leaders Burnley on Tuesday night.

The centre-half is nursing a hamstring complaint and came off in yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Luton at AESSEAL New York Stadium, a result that left the survival-seeking Millers in 18th spot with five matches left to play.

Manager Matt Taylor says the free-agent signing might be able to feature in one of the club's next two matches but not in both.

Rotherham follow up their clash with the already-promoted Clarets with a trip next Saturday to Bristol City.

"Tyler's a big doubt for Tuesday," the boss said in the aftermath of the Hatters contest. "As well as he's done to be available for today, the intensity of the league has continued to take its toll.

"His hamstring is still clearly an issue. We're a little bit worried in relation to that going into Tuesday. If he can feature then, he has got no chance for Saturday. We'll keep on assessing it. We'll need a mobile team to match the best team in the league."

Right-back Lee Peltier was also substituted in the second half against Luton. That was partly tactical, partly to rest him and the 36-year-old should be in the frame to face Burnley.

Midfielder Jamie Lindsay, who has been enjoying a run in the side, believes the Millers can pull off a shock against opposition who have lost only twice in the league.

"The table shows they are the best team, but when we went there earlier in the season they needed goals in the 92nd minute and the 99th to beat us 3-2," he said.

"If we want to be here in the Championship, which we do, we are going to have to play against good sides. On our home patch, we believe that if we turn up and do it right we have got a chance."

Rotherham are three points clear of the drop zone, have a game in hand over all their safety rivals except Cardiff City and have by far the best goal difference of all the sides in the bottom seven.

"We have to look after ourselves; we can control only ourselves, we can't control anyone else," Lindsay said. "We don't want to be looking at other results too much.

"It's in our hands. We're in a good position and we just need to dust ourselves down for Tuesday for another massive game."