Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs says he will wait on the fitness of defender Kirk Broadfoot for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship showdown with Brentford at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
The Millers boss could hand debuts to loan pair Izzy Brown and Tom Adeyemi for the clash with the Bees at the weekend, but says Broadfoot’s situation will be assessed closer to kick off.
“I think it’s probably still 50/50,” Stubbs told www.themillers.co.uk.
“He hasn’t been ruled out and he hasn’t been ruled in. We are seeing if the injury settles down the way we would like it to. It is doing at the minute but whether it does in time for the game, only time will tell.”
Meanwhile, club captain Lee Frecklington is set to remain sidelined for Saturday’s game but boss Stubbs is pleased with how he is progressing on the injury front.
“It’s settling down really well and it’s responding well to treatment and we’re hoping that he’s going to start training in the early part of next week.”
Speaking ahead of the game, Stubbs expressed his pleasure at having Brown available for the game after he missed out in midweek and is looking forward to seeing one of his long-term targets in action in a Millers’ shirt.
“He’ll be added to the squad and he comes into contention which is good for us,” he explained.
“He has been one of the targets that we’ve tried to get over the line for the last month and we’re glad now that Chelsea have allowed us to bring one of their prize assets to the club.”
Dean Smith’s side arrive in South Yorkshire on the back of two consecutive second tier victories and Stubbs admits he is aware of the threats they will pose on Saturday.
“They’re a very good footballing team,” he added.
“They’ve got some technically gifted players and they’ve got a model that they play to and they’ve been very successful with that over the last number of years.
“They’re dangerous and you only have to look at how well they’ve done over the last few years and they are getting success from that and we’re going to have to play really well on Saturday to get a result.
“It’s one I feel at home with the fans’ backing that we’ll make it a really difficult game for them."