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READ | Warne assessing options ahead of Reading

19 February 2019

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne is casting an eye over several possible selection options ahead of this weekend’s trip to Reading.

Warne takes his side to Berkshire unbeaten in four Championship fixtures, and with a squad almost fully restored to health following a difficult period on the injury front.

Just over a month ago Warne’s options looked depleted after making several attempts to bolster his attacking options before the end of January.

The Board decided during the last transfer window to give financial backing to the manager to get his key targets, but unfortunately Warne’s plans were thwarted at the last minute by the decisions of parent clubs, who opted to keep their players at home.

But fast forward to the middle of February and Warne’s options have increased with the return of Ryan Williams, Joe Newell Richie Towell and Ben Wiles from injury – and with Matt Crooks excelling following his arrival from Northampton – Warne again has some tough decisions to make over selection.

“We look forward to the next game now as we always do, and we have virtually a fit group now,” Warne explained to

“It gives me a lot of choice, and the nice thing for me Saturday is having the opportunity to bring someone like a fit Joe Newell or Ryan Williams off the bench. That’s the quality we have available again.

“Crooksy (Matt Crooks) didn't play at the weekend, he was very unlucky but there is pressure on the three midfielders to keep their standards up. It is a good place to be at the moment and I am really proud at what the lads are doing.”

The Millers face Reading Saturday looking to build on some notable performances in recent weeks. With Warne’s side coming from 2-0 down to draw at Hull, followed by a stirring and dominant display against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, competition for places is again intense as Warne thinks hard over his selection for Saturday.

“I think you could make a good argument for us winning against Wigan, Hull and Sheffield Wednesday,” he added.

“I am really pleased with what we are doing, and aside from Brentford who are our nemesis in this league, we have done quite well.

“We’ll watch training this week, obviously take into account the strengths of the opposition, and come together to decide on what team to select Saturday.”

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