Rotherham v Swindon preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:59

Rotherham v Swindon preview

Rotherham will hand a debut to on-loan defender Scott Griffiths against Swindon.
The left-back signed until the end of the season on Tuesday and will replace Jon Harley, who has returned to Notts County following the end of his loan deal.
The Millers have been out of action since January 2, allowing forward Gareth Evans time to recover from a thigh niggle.
Winger Sam Wood will stay in the XI after agreeing a new loan deal from Brentford until the end of the season.
Long-term ankle injury victim Ryan Cresswell has returned to full training and will play in a reserve fixture next week, meaning goalkeeper Jamie Annerson and defender Luke Foster (both knee) are the only absentees.
Meanwhile, Swindon will be without the suspended Alan McCormack for their npower League Two trip to Rotherham.
The centre-back picked up his 10th booking of the season during the 1-1 draw at Barnet in the two sides’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section area final first leg on Tuesday and serves the first match of a two-game ban.
Joe Devera, who enjoyed a small cameo from the substitutes’ bench at Underhill in midweek, is expected to deputise for the Robins.
Forward Billy Bodin is available for selection once again after sitting out the Barnet clash and last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Wigan in the FA Cup as he was cup-tied, but striker Mehdi Kerrouche will not travel to Don Valley.
Kerrouche has not featured under manager Paolo Di Canio since the 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers on December 10 and is tipped to leave the County Ground this month.
Di Canio, meanwhile, will have to watch the game from the stands after he was hit by a one-match touchline ban from the Football Association following his excessive celebrations at Northampton on New Year’s Eve.
The Italian ran half the length of the Sixfields pitch to celebrate Swindon’s late winner in their 2-1 victory over the Cobblers and was charged with “improper conduct” by the English game’s governing body.

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