Rotherham’s injury crisis has deepened to the point where boss Paul Warne joked about picking himself for the daunting visit of Brighton.
An all-ready depleted squad suffered fresh blows on Saturday as Stephen Kelly and Danny Ward both limped off against Aston Villa, meaning Warne is picking from the bare bones.
Kelly will not play and joins Richard O’Donnell, Darnell Fisher, Richard Wood, Joel Ekstrand, who needs a knee operation, and Dexter Blackstock on the sidelines, along with long-term victims Lee Camp, Kirk Broadfoot and Jonson Clarke-Harris.
Ward is “massively doubtful”, meaning Jerry Yates will likely start in a lone striking role for the visit of the promotion hopefuls as deadline day signing Carlton Morris will not hook up with the squad until Thursday.
Kelly is set for several weeks on the sidelines, while news is also bad about O’Donnell and Ekstrand, who are unlikely to be available for much of the next month.
“Kelly has a little bit of a calf injury and he will be out for three weeks,” boss Warne said. “He is having a scan, the physio only thinks that it is a grade-one so that is another one of my defensive players out.
“We thought O’Donnell broke his finger but it’s not that, his ligament has come away from the bone.
“He could have an op, but that would be his season over. The surgeon has encouraged him to rest it so I think he will be out for at least four weeks.
“I haven’t had my two goalkeepers fit yet. It’s a test, I know that much.”