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READ | Warne could field freshened side in midweek

11 September 2017

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Millers boss Paul Warne admits there is a temptation to freshen up his side ahead of Tuesday’s hosting of Walsall in Sky Bet League One, despite back-to-back victories in recent outings against Portsmouth and Bury.

After breaking their winless run on the road at Fratton Park, Warne’s men continued their impressive form with a home win over the Shakers, but the Millers chief says he is not afraid to utilise his squad as the Saddlers visit AESSEAL New York Stadium in midweek.

“I think the good thing is that I've got a plethora of choices to say the least,” he told

“I think out of my seven subs, I had one goalkeeper, one defender and five attacking players, so I can freshen it up any way I like.

“I'll look to maybe freshen it up in a few positions, however, on back-to-back wins, sometimes it's better the devil you know.

“I'll have a look and we've had a coaches meeting already, so I think I know what I'm going to do.”

One change to the starting 11 that faced Lee Clark’s side at the weekend will be enforced, with right back Shaun Cummings ruled out after limping out of the 3-2 win at the weekend.

However, it may be a decision Warne makes closer to kick off with his likely replacement being the on loan Josh Emmanuel, who is also being monitored ahead of the game.

“We're hoping that he [Cummings] won't be out for too long, he's just tweaked his hammy a little bit,” Warne continued.

“We might be missing him for a couple of weeks and he might be back for the Oldham game at the earliest.

“He's [Emmanuel] just got a dodgy toe. He's training today, so we'll see how he gets through it but he's obviously an option I can consider.”

There were a few hearts in mouths when top scorer Kieffer Moore disappeared down the tunnel for treatment for a head injury at the weekend, but Warne is confident his top scorer will be okay after a battling performance which saw him net a brace against the Shakers.

“He'll be fine,” he added.

“He was like a gladiator wasn't he? What was the character called in that Russell Crowe film? He was like Maximus, he came back on like "are you not entertained?"!

“He's in a good place and luckily his stitches he took only took about half an hour to put in, so he should feel fresh because he only played 60 minutes on Saturday!”

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