Rotherham United sweat on Michael Ihiekwe verdict as centre-half problems mount for table-toppers

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ROTHERHAM United could be without their entire first-choice centre-half line-up when they head to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.

Rarmani Edmonds-Green is out with a hamstring injury and captain Richard Wood will serve a suspension after being sent off in yesterday's 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley.

Michael Ihiekwe limped out of the Accies clash in the second half and will be assessed at the club's Roundwood training base tomorrow.

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"He had knee-to-knee contact with one of their players," manager Paul Warne said. "We thought he'd be able to run it off but you could see he was struggling to move."

The Millers will consider changing their usual 3-5-2 formation if Ihiekwe, who was replaced by Joe Mattock against Stanley, is ruled out of the trip to Plough Lane.

Warne would have Wes Harding, Joe Mattock and Angus MacDonald - yet to play this season after a six-month absence - as options at the back.

Midfielder Hakeem Odoffin and wing-back Tolaji Bola could also play there if required.

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"It's going to be a problem on Tuesday night," Warne acknowledged. "We could be playing a 1-5-4 system!"

Saturday's triumph, achieved after the visitors had missed a late penalty and come close to a stoppage-time equaliser, moved Rotherham six points clear at the top of League One win following a trio of victories in eight days.

"Three in a week is impressive in any division," Warne said. "We haven't conceded in those three games and we've been pretty resolute.

"We were the better team against Accrington but we rode our luck. It's nice to be at the top."

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Wood received a straight red card as he gave away the spot-kick but is likely to receive only a one-match ban and should be available for next Sunday's clash at derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

The club believe his handball will be treated as a professional foul which incurs a single-game punishment. Dissent and violent conduct bring two and three-match sanctions respectively.