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Rotherham boss Steve Evans has joked he might have to pick himself for his side's League One play-off semi-final with Preston as he battles an injury crisis.

The Millers welcome North End to New York on Thursday with the tie finely poised following Saturday's 1-1 first-leg draw at Deepdale where Evans saw several players pick up injuries.

Richard Brindley (hamstring) and Lee Frecklington (knee) were both withdrawn and Evans has already ruled them out, while Ben Pringle (thigh) and Wes Thomas (back) battled on but are considered doubts.

Top scorer Kieran Agard (hamstring) missed the Deepdale clash along with Nicky Adams (calf) and Miles Addison (ankle), with Evans not giving them much chance of featuring. However, on-loan midfielder Richie Smallwood is back from a ban.

Preston will check on Neil Kilkenny ahead of their League One play-off semi-final second leg at Rotherham.

The Australia international missed Saturday's first leg, which ended in a 1-1 draw, after he picked up a calf strain in training in the days leading up to the Deepdale clash.

Boss Simon Grayson has an otherwise full squad to choose from and if he is contemplating changes could call on Kevin Davies, Keith Keane and Chris Humphrey after all three came off the bench at the weekend.

North End will have to become the first visiting side to win at Rotherham since New Year's Day if they are to earn a place in the Wembley final where Leyton Orient are already waiting.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 27 September 2014
15:00
Barnsley v Swindon  
Bradford v Port Vale  
Bristol C v MK Dons  
Chesterfld v Notts Co  
Coventry v Preston  
Crawley v Yeovil  
Crewe v Colchester  
Leyton Or v Rochdale  
Oldham v Scunthorpe  
Peterboro v Fleetwood  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Bristol C 9 11 21
2 MK Dons 8 10 16
3 Peterboro 9 4 16
4 Swindon 8 7 15
5 Chesterfld 8 4 14
6 Bradford 9 2 14
7 Rochdale 9 7 13
8 Preston 8 5 13
9 Fleetwood 9 2 13
10 Sheff Utd 8 -1 13
11 Coventry 9 0 12
12 Gillingham 9 -1 12
13 Yeovil 9 -2 12
14 Oldham 9 0 11
15 Doncaster 8 -2 11
16 Notts Co 8 1 10
17 Leyton Or 8 0 10
18 Crawley 9 -8 10
19 Barnsley 8 0 9
20 Walsall 9 -4 8
21 Port Vale 9 -6 8
22 Scunthorpe 9 -12 7
23 Colchester 9 -4 6
24 Crewe 8 -13 4

Updated Sat, 20 Sep 2014

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