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Raynor waiting on Nardiello report

20 July 2013

Millers sweat on striker's fitness...

Paul Raynor was pleased with Rotherham United’s first half performance, before seeing the side slip to their first defeat of pre-season at home to Huddersfield Town.

The Millers made a number of changes from the side that beat Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening, and unlike in that victory, they made nine changes at the break.

“We played well first half, I thought we created more chances and probably just edged it. We made a lot of chances at half-time, and then didn’t play at the tempo we wanted and couldn’t really create anything, then when you give Championship players time on the ball they can hurt you.”

The biggest talking point of the game had come when Daniel Nardiello was withdrawn holding his hamstring after breaking down the Millers’ left, although Paul Raynor says that nothing will be known about the striker’s fitness until tomorrow.

“We’ll know more about it in the morning. He felt his hamstring a little bit so we brought him off as a precaution and now we’ll just be able to see how it settles down overnight and assess him again in the morning. Hopefully it will be good news, but it’s a bit of a concern when a player goes down clutching their hamstring like that. Hopefully it will be good news.”

Lee Frecklington was also missing from the teamsheet, but it’s not suspected to be a serious injury that will keep the midfielder out for long. 

He just jarred something in training yesterday, and we aren’t going to take any chances, because we’ve just got to be ready for the game at Crewe, so we’ve been careful with Lee although he said he wanted to play. If it settles down he should be ok for Tuesday night.

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