Neil Warnock gives his team news to www.themillers.co.uk...Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock is hoping the absence of duo Greg Halford and Frazer Richardson for this weekend’s game against high-flying Derby County will allow other members of his squad to stake a claim for a place in the starting 11.
The Millers meeting with Middlesbrough in midweek saw Richardson hobble off with a hamstring injury that is set to keep him out for a couple of weeks, before Halford was issued his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Warnock admitted that it would be a blow to lose utility man Halford who has performed admirarbly in recent weeks, but says the management are considering who will take his place as he serves his ban against the Rams.
“It’s disappointing especially when you see the bookings,” Warnock explained.
“We’ve just got to take it on the chin and get on with it.
“We’ve got quite a few options and we’ll discuss what we’re going to do.”
Meanwhile, Rotherham-born defender Richardson was dealt a blow as he limped out of the game against Boro on Tuesday night and Warnock is anticipating an early April return for the full back who he insists has surpassed even his own expectations.
“He’s going to be a while. Hopefully he’ll be okay after the international break which means he misses a couple,” Warnock revealed.
“He was doing well and I think he’s even surprised himself.”
However, Richardson’s absence could pave the way for a return for experienced defender Lloyd Doyley who has been out of action since the game with Burnley at Turf Moor.
“Lloyd is doing well and he’s trained this morning with us. He comes into the reckoning and one or two other lads that have not been involved lately probably will too."