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Kelly doubtful for Wolves clash, says Redfearn

4 December 2015

Neil Redfearn gives his Millers' team news...

Millers boss Neil Redfearn has no major injury concerns for the weekend but is likely to be without experienced defender Stephen Kelly for the clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.

 

Kelly began the game against Bristol City with a broken hand but endured a further blow when he was forced to cut short his first home appearance for his new club due to a calf injury.

 

Redfearn insists the injury to the Republic of Ireland international isn’t as bad as first feared and believes the former Tottenham Hotspur man will still play a key role in the dressing room even if he isn’t fit in time for the weekend.

 

“Stephen has got a calf strain but it’s a grade 1 calf strain so it’s not as bad as we first feared and hopefully it’ll be days rather than weeks,” he told www.themillers.co.uk

 

“Obviously Stephen will be a doubt but we’ll have to see nearer the weekend.

 

“Stephen has come in and done great for us and given us that experience at the back. He’s really influential in the dressing room and a proper pro and the right type and is a player that’s really helped us.”

 

Leon Best will serve the second game of his two match suspension following his dismissal at Elland Road but despite his absence on the field Redfearn believes his arrival has helped the Millers turn their fortunes around in the Sky Bet Championship.

 

“I think what we did have was a really good international break. We played two tough games and got good results.

 

“The side has benefited from it and it has given us confidence with Leon and Stephen coming in and being part of that.  They’ve played a really good part initially and they’ll play a big part in the long-term and they’re really good signings for us.”

 

The Millers’ boss will be faced with no other fresh injury concerns as he hand picks a side that will go in search of their third successive league win at the weekend, with all of his players keen to secure a shirt in the starting 11 for Saturday’s meeting with Wolves.

 

“We’ve got one or two bumps and knocks but that’s football.

 

“The lads want to play. I think what’s happening now is because we’re playing well and we’re winning nobody wants to get out the side which is a good sign."


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