Rotherham v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 14th September 2012 1:05

Rotherham are sweating on the fitness of Iceland international Kari Arnason.

The 29-year-old, who scored for his country in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Norway on Friday, picked up an ankle injury in that game and will be given until Saturday lunchtime to prove his fitness.

Millers boss Steve Evans, who starts a six-match stadium ban after being found guilty of using abusive and insulting words and behaviour with a reference to gender by the Football Association, will still pick the team and will make changes following last week’s 6-2 thumping at Port Vale.

If Arnason is fit, he should come back into central defence, allowing Johnny Mullins to move over to the right, although Craig Morgan will fancy a start after he came on at half-time of the defeat at Vale Park with the Millers already 4-1 down.

Elsewhere fit-again defender Dale Tonge will hope to start, with Evans unlikely to tinker too much with his midfield or attack.

Assistant manager Paul Raynor will take the reins, with Evans, who is hoping to watch live streaming of the game, only able to keep in touch via phone.

Torquay boss Martin Ling could welcome Craig Easton back.

The midfielder has been absent with a groin strain recently but is expected to fit for the visit to South Yorkshire.

Lloyd Macklin has resumed training following a knee injury but the weekend is likely to come too soon for the winger.

Saul Halpin will know after another week’s work whether he will escape surgery for a crack in an ankle bone.

Scans have revealed the fracture, but if it continues to mend under progressive exercise, Halpin could avoid having an operation to pin it.

Ling has warned striker Rene Howe that he could spoil his flying start to the season if he fails to improve his disciplinary record.

Howe has scored three times in the Gulls’ first five matches, but he’s also received yellow cards in the last three matches and is only two away from an automatic one-game ban.

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Rotherham v Torquay preview

Date published: Monday 12th March 2012 11:53

Rotherham will still be without defender Richard Naylor for the home clash with Torquay.

The veteran centre-half has missed the last three games with a knee injury, which is worse than first feared and he must now see a specialist in order to get to the bottom of the problem.

Left-back Scott Griffiths has missed the last two games through personal reasons and then a knee injury and he will be checked on after training on Monday.

Gareth Evans played 45 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Plymouth as he continues his comeback from a problematic back injury, with manager Andy Scott hinting he could be thrown in from the off.

Striker Shaun Harrad will be unavailable after his month’s loan from Bury ended at the weekend and he returned to Gigg Lane with the two clubs unable to negotiate an extension.

The Millers can move to within two points of the play-offs if they beat the Gulls, though that will be no easy task as Martin Ling’s side arrive at Don Valley with just two defeats from their last 14.

Meanwhile, Torquay boss Martin Ling takes a full strength squad to Rotherham.

Kevin Nicholson provides the Gulls’ only doubt after taking a heavy knock in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers, but the left-back is expected to travel to the Don Valley Stadium.

Attacking midfielder Danny Stevens is now fully fit, playing an hour against the Pirates without suffering any recurrence of his troublesome ankle injury.

Chris McPhee lost his place in the squad as Ryan Jarvis made way for Stevens, so the two strikers will vie for a place on the bench.

Lee Mansell fired a brace against the Gas and will continue to lead the forward line alongside Rene Howe.

Ling’s charges sit just one point outside of the automatic promotion places and have taken 15 points from a potential 18 in their last six games on the road.

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Rotherham v Torquay preview

Date published: Friday 6th May 2011 12:06

Rotherham manager Andy Scott could welcome back a trio of players.

Striker Ryan Taylor has recovered from a back injury and could go straight into the side to partner Adam Le Fondre in attack while midfielder Nicky Law has overcome a foot injury and should feature.

If Taylor and Law are fit they are expected to pull on the Millers shirt for the final time, with both set to reject new deals and leave in the summer.

Striker Ian Thomas-Moore could also come back into the frame after a recent thigh injury while goalkeeper Andy Warrington, who has been on the bench in recent weeks following a foot injury, could also make a start.

Defender Johnny Mullins remains a long-term absentee as he continues to battle back from a dislocated patella and he will be out well into the start of next season.

Scott will give many of his men a final chance to impress as the former Brentford manager looks set to overhaul his squad in the summer with up to 10 players out of contract.

Torquay will be missing Craig Stanley.

The Gulls need a win to guarantee a play-off place but will have to do without influential on-loan midfielder Stanley who returned to parent club Morecambe after the 0-0 draw with Chesterfield last Friday following the completion of his three-month loan spell.

With Stanley absent, manager Paul Buckle is planning on making changes in midfield, with young duo Damon Lathrope and on-loan QPR man Joe Oastler coming in.

That means young player of the season Eunan O’Kane, who came in for Oastler against the Spireites, is set to drop to the bench.

Torquay have scored eight goals in their last three away games.

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