Three Rotherham United players are one booking away from bans. Here's how manager Matt Taylor has told them to act

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A TRIO of Rotherham United players on the brink of suspensions are being urged by their manager not to hold anything back this weekend.

Midfielder Ollie Rathbone, centre-half Grant Hall and wing-back/centre-half Wes Harding all go into Saturday's Championship clash with Hull City on four yellow cards and only a further caution away from picking up one-match bans.

With the 19-match deadline for five cautions still five fixtures away, boss Matt Taylor says there is no point in his men easing off to try to avoid going into the referee's notebook.

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He said: "If we were one game away from the cut-off I'd be saying: 'Hang back a little bit and look after yourself.' That cut-off is too far away.

"We have to be realistic: those players will do well to get to the mark without picking up another booking. The squad will be tested, be it through injury, suspension on illness. People have to be ready to step in.

"Those three players have to play their own game and be as aggressive as ever. If you start pulling out of challenges you're either half the player or you can injure yourself. I'll tell them to be themselves."

Rathbone was on four yellows going into Tuesday's win at Stoke City while Hall and Harding joined him on that number during proceedings at the bet365 Stadium.

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Hall came off with a tight hamstring in that match but should be fit for the home showdown with Hull.

Taylor said: "We could have probably kept him on at Stoke but in terms of the pressures of the game we felt it was the sensible thing to do to introduce Woody (Richard Wood) - who's not a bad player to bring on! Hally looks like he's going to be fine going into the weekend."

Midfielder Jamie Lindsay is back in full training following a face wound that required two rounds of stitches and ruled him out of the victories over Huddersfield Town and the Potters.

A specialist said last week that the 27-year-old had to remain out of action for a week and that time has now elapsed.

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"Jamie's injury has healed up as best as we could have expected," Taylor said. "His face feels a lot more normal so he’s on the right track."

The Millers were restricted in how much they could do at their Roundwood base today because heavy rain left both pitches flooded.

Tolaji Bola re-joined the main group following a quad problem he sustained before Taylor's arrival while fellow wing-back Peter Kioso continued his rehabilitation from an ankle complaint and is closing in on a first-team comeback.

Taylor isn't anticipating using either of them against the Tigers.

Definitely ruled out, through hamstring damage, is attacker Chiedozie Ogbene.