Rotherham have been left reeling with news that striker Jamie Proctor is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.
The Millers striker suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Charlton and scans have confirmed he sustained a severed cruciate ligament which will require surgery to repair.
Boss Paul Warne, who now has less than 12 hours to find a replacement before the transfer window shuts, says any return before April is unlikely.
“Regrettably, I think he’s out for the majority of the season,” Warne said. “Best-case scenario is that he will come back with a month to go.
“I know he will look after himself. I know he will train and do everything. He’s a brilliant kid. I feel sorry for him. I wouldn’t have thought we’ll see him on the grass until April.
“For any squad to lose one of their talisman, so to speak, is a massive blow. His performance at Huddersfield, his 45 minutes there, was probably the best I’ve seen from a Rotherham number nine for years and years.
“It’s a massive blow for us and him. That’s the nature of the beast we’re in. Injuries happen all the time and it gives somebody else a chance.”
The diagnosis for the extent of Proctor’s injury took longer than usual because of the bank holiday, meaning he could not have a scan until Tuesday.
After an initial disappointment at being ruled out for the season, Warne says Proctor is in good spirits.
“I went to see him at the hospital on Saturday night and he was in a bit of shock, because it is a horrendous thing.
“Then I spoke to him on Sunday, thinking it might not have been as bad as he thought, but we all sort of knew it was.
“He had his scan on Tuesday and now he’s been put out of his agony of not knowing. When you know, it puts finality to it. Once you know your season is done, you have a couple of hours of pure depression, which is fair enough.
He has worked his socks off to get into shape and in form and this was a good chance for him to take his career in the right way, so I think he had some dark hours.
I have seen him at the training ground and he seems upbeat. It is a massive blow for him and I think it will hit him in a couple of weeks when a couple of Saturdays have passed.”