A bout of tonsillitis appears to have spared Rotherham goalkeeper Lewis Price from a public punishment for his antics at Wigan last week.
The Millers stopper inexplicably cost his side the game when he jumped on the back of Nick Powell in the sixth minute of injury time, with the Latics striker firing in the resulting free-kick to earn his side a 3-2 win.
Boss Paul Warne was raging at Price’s actions and would likely have dropped him for Good Friday’s clash with Birmingham.
However, the goalkeeper is ill, meaning Richard O’Donnell is likely to return to the starting XI.
“Would he have played had he been fit? That’s a good question, ” Warne said.
“I would have spoken to Polly (goalkeeper coach Mike Pollitt) about it and we would have addressed who we think the best goalkeeper is going forward. It would have put a greater doubt on him, put it that way.
“I had a personal meeeting with him on Monday. He was apologetic. You make mistakes. He apologised.
“It just can’t happen again. It’s unacceptable. I’m disappointed, obviously, as is he. He’s embarrassed by it. But I can’t just keep berating the lad. It’s pointless. I need to pick the group up, and he’s a big part of that group. We move on.”