Rotherham are bracing themselves for bad news this week, and as a result a frantic final few days of the transfer window.
The Millers are expected to get the full prognosis of Jamie Proctor’s knee injury, sustained in Saturday’s defeat against Charlton, and they are fearing the worst.
The striker went to hospital when falling awkwardly after being barged by Chris Solly and the early worry was that he sustained ligament damage.
The extent of the injury is yet to be revealed, but Millers boss Paul Warne is expecting his striker to be missing for some time.
That represents a massive blow for Warne, who has built his team and attacking style around the target man, and any absence, no matter how short, will be felt hard at the AESSEAL New York.
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Proctor, who had a stunning pre-season, has been a key player in the early part of the season in partnership with Kieffer Moore.
A predicted spell in the treatment room will leave Warne reassessing his plans for the final four days of the transfer window.
Warne is likely to add a defender to his squad in the early part of this week and also wants a midfielder, but he may now have to look further up the pitch.
He has been linked with George Hirst at Sheffield Wednesday, but now must decide whether to try and recruit a striker of similar ilk to Proctor.
And Warne knows to identify a potential target and get him into the club before 11pm on Thursday will not be easy.
“It is going to be a hard player to replace, he has been excellent for us,” Warne said.
“I am hopeful of good news but I am also aware that I don’t think it will be.
“If there is someone out there who is of similar ilk that I can get in then I will but that is a hard ask with four or five days left.”