The time frame for injured defender Tyler Blackett's Rotherham United return

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The centre-half has picked up a hamstring problem.

ROTHERHAM United are hopeful that Tyler Blackett will be available for the majority of their Championship survival run-in despite the injury suffered by their most recent signing.

The centre-half limped out of training on Thursday with a hamstring issue and missed Saturday's 0-0 stalemate at Hull City.

However, the Millers have revealed his problem isn't a severe one and believe he could even feature at some stage over the next two matches, at home to West Bromwich Albion on Good Friday and away to Norwich City the following Monday.

"Tyler's not serious, serious," said manager Matt Taylor. "It's a race against time for the Easter weekend. The likelihood is that he won't play in both games. If we can get him out in some capacity for one, then brilliant."

Twentieth-placed Rotherham have eight matches left in which to safeguard their second-tier safety.

Blackett joined the club as a free agent early last month after going more than three months without playing senior football following his exit from MLS side FC Cincinnati in America.

The 29-year-old former Manchester United and Reading defender had impressed in two substitute appearances and one start until misfortune struck at Rotherham's Roundwood base late last week.

His setback is the latest in a long line of injuries to hit the Millers since Taylor's October arrival. They have lost centre-backs Sean Morrison and Grant Hall for the rest of their campaign and are still without midfielder Ben Wiles who isn't far away from a comeback after ankle surgery.

Fellow midfield man Ollie Rathbone is among other players on the sidelines.

"We can't buy any luck," Taylor said. "It is a frustration. It keeps happening but we can't let it affect us. It's happened from day one since I have been at the club."