Macclesfield v Rotherham preview

Date published: Friday 23rd December 2011 1:27

Macclesfield will be boosted by the return of Lewis Chalmers.

Chalmers has not played since the Silkmen’s 3-0 FA Cup first-round victory over East Thurrock on November 12 due to a stomach problem.

However, he is set to return when the Millers come to town, telling the club’s official website: “I have been out for a while so I can’t wait to get back.”

Elliot Hewitt continues to step up his rehabilitation from a groin injury but Monday’s clash looks set to come too soon.

John Grant (calf), Greg Daniel (knee), Ben Tomlinson (ankle) and Scott Kay (thigh) remain sidelined.

Macc have not won in their last six League Two encounters, of which they have lost four.

Rotherham manager Andy Scott could pick an unchanged line-up.

The Millers beat AFC Wimbledon at Don Valley last week to extend their recent run of form and Scott looks set to keep faith with the same players.

On-loan defender Guy Branston could be involved again, though, after missing the last two games with a foot injury as he has stepped up his training this week but Scott may choose not to disrupt the defensive pairing of Johnny Mullins and Michael Raynes.

Luke Foster underwent surgery on a cruciate ligament injury on Wednesday to repair the problem that will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Ryan Cresswell, Gareth Evans (both ankle) and Mark Bradley (shoulder) continue to miss out but are targeting returns in the new year.

The game at Moss Ross will be the Millers’ first outing on December 26 since 2008 after recent winters have curtailed their festive programme.

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Macclesfield v Rotherham preview

Date published: Sunday 2nd January 2011 1:28

Macclesfield’s home encounter with Rotherham may have come too early for a clutch of Town players.

Manager Gary Simpson was without injured defensive duo Carl Tremarco and Shaun Brisley (both hip) for the weekend draw at Bury and they are unlikely to feature against the Millers.

Striker Ricky Sappleton is still lacking match fitness and another slot on the bench could be in line for the 21-year-old.

Richard Butcher completed 90 minutes and scored on his return to the Silkmen team on Saturday but Emile Sinclair is still classed as a doubt.

The same applies for Vinny Mukendi, who missed out on the squad at Gigg Lane and is set to be disappointed again.

That limits Simpson’s attacking options as Town search for a first league win in five.

Rotherham are set to be without on-loan defender Danny Coid for the trip to Macclesfield.

The right-back, on loan from Blackpool, went off at half-time in the emphatic 5-0 win over Port Vale on New Year’s Day with an ankle injury in what was his first game back after a hamstring problem.

Luke Ashworth came on for Coid at Don Valley and he is likely to start if Coid, who will be checked on Sunday, is unfit.

Manager Ronnie Moore could be tempted into changes to keep his squad fresh, with Arsenal loanee Mark Randall pushing for a start after making a full recovery from a broken collarbone which saw him play the final 25 minutes on Saturday and score a 25-yard screamer.

And Moore has no concerns about the potential loss of Coid or having to make changes.

“We have got good players here,” he said. “If someone picks a knock up and can’t play Monday then I don’t think we’ll miss them too much because there is quality group of players here.”

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