Jordan Hugill, Ollie Rathbone and Tyler Blackett ... do any of them have a chance of playing for Rotherham United at Bristol City on Saturday?

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Millers manager Matt Taylor gives the latest update to the Advertiser.

STRIKER Jordan Hugill is in a race against time to be fit for Rotherham’s United’s Saturday trip to Bristol City.

The January signing had to be substituted at half-time of Tuesday’s Championship clash with Burnley because of the cumulative effects of illness and a knee complaint.

He is being monitored by the club’s medical team in the hope that his early withdrawal against the Clarets will have given him more chance of being available.

“Jordan has been under the weather, feeling feverish, and he has had a bad knee for the last couple of games,” manager Matt Taylor said after the 2-2 draw at AESSEAL New York Stadium. “His mobility was hampered. He tried to give everything but he couldn’t get around the pitch.”

Midfielder Ollie Rathbone (groin) and centre-half Tyler Blackett (hamstring) may be in the frame for the Robins match after missing out against Burnley. “We hope to have Ollie and possibly Tyler back,” Taylor said.

The pair are being assessed at the Millers’ Roundwood HQ along with Hugill who has started every match since moving from Norwich City in the last transfer window.

“Like so many of our players, he is playing on one leg with injections and pain-killers,” Taylor said. “Hopefully the illness is a quick one. It came on overnight and he tried to sleep it off all afternoon before the game in a hotel.

“You could just see he wasn’t moving well and his whole body language was a little bit down. Hopefully we have protected him going into the weekend.”

Midfielder Ben Wiles made his comeback from a December ankle injury with a late substitute appearance against Burnley and is set for further game-time at Ashton Gate.

“We need Ben to get a couple more days’ training because he hasn’t trained long enough as yet,” Taylor said. “Then he is in real contention.”

Rotherham are in 18th place in the second tier on 46 points with four games left. Three of the teams below them, Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff City and Reading, were in action last night after the Advertiser went to print. Whatever their results, none of the trio will have climbed above the Millers.