Richard O’Donnell v Marek Rodak: Who will Paul Warne pick against Scunthorpe?

Rotherham boss Paul Warne will continue to deliberate over who to pick in goal against Scunthorpe on Saturday.

With Marek Rodak back from international duty with Slovakia Under-21s and Richard O’Donnell keeping a clean sheet and performing well in the 1-0 win at Rochdale last weekend, the Millers boss has a decision to make.

 

Rodak was emerging as a solid first choice before the international break, but O’Donnell is in possession of the shirt.

Warne said: “Rodak will obviously come back to compete. When he went away he was in good form and he kept a clean sheet, and in fairness the games before that I didn’t blame him for any of the goals or look at him.

“I thought he did really well and was growing in stature.

“But in fairness to Rich, he has done really well, he is my number one here, I brought him here.

“He is competing with Rodak, it is a level playing field and since he has come in he has done really well.

“It is a tough one, whoever I put in I will be happy with that so will continue to discuss that as we have done for the last three days.”

While that particular dilemma might give Warne a headache, he is at least boosted by news that Lee Frecklington’s injury is not as bad as first feared.

The skipper limped off at Spotland in the opening two minutes and was visibly distraught, with Warne initially worried he would lose his man for weeks.

However, scans have shown the injury is not a hamstring strain and Frecklington is in contention against the Iron.

“I initially thought he was out for six weeks, I thought he had ripped his hammy but the physios thought it was more aligned with his back,” Warne said.

“He has been scanned and he has got slight hamstring damage, but it’s hardly anything.

 

“He has had his back treated so hopefully he can be involved this weekend. It might be too soon but we are evaluating it on a daily basis.

“He has come on leaps and bounds and he is important to me obviously, he has started every league game this season.

“He is my leader and he drives the team on so if I can get him on the pitch on Saturday I will.”

Joe Newell is expected to be fit after a thigh injury kept him out last weekend, but Jon Taylor (knee) won’t be ready.

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