Rotherham United: Millers struck down by illness

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Rotherham United’s preparations for Saturday’s trip to Bristol City have been disrupted by an illness bug in the Millers camp, manager Steve Evans has revealed.

Striker Matt Tubbs missed Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against Rochdale with the illness, and several more members of Rotherham’s squad were struck down before Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash against Fleetwood Town.

There was better news for Evans this morning, however, as Michael O’Connor returned to training following his injury.

“Michael has had his injection, and Rob Milsom has a back strain,” Evans said.

“We are hoping it’s a week until he returns, but back injuries are often misleading.

“Pablo Mills should be back available later in the week and David Worrall is ready for a match now, although it will probably be a reserve match.”

Evans was only able to name four substitutes for the Rochdale FA Cup exit, after loanees Nouha Dicko, Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier were refused permission to play by their parent clubs.

And although they are available again for the Bristol game, Evans said: “Our players resources are being stretched to the limit, but I believe in these players totally.

“Everyone was hurting after going out of the FA Cup, but there will also be a fight and spirit to get back on track.

“Our objectives for the season still remain unaltered.”

Skipper Craig Morgan echoed his manager’s sentiments, but believes that one FA Cup defeat does not make their season a failure.

“You can’t just look at one game and think that,” he said.

“Alright, we’re out of the FA Cup. But this time last year, we were lingering outside the Play-Offs in League Two.

“So we’ve had a great calendar year, and I think we’ve come such a long way.

“People have to realise how quickly this has all happened.”

The Millers travel to Steve Cotterill’s Bristol City in sixth position, a point above Swindon in seventh.

City, in contrast, are 23rd, just a point above bottom club Notts County, following their relegation from the Championship last season. Dicko is expected to once again lead the line at Ashton Gate.