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Injured Mattock sent for scans

Rotherham defender Joe Mattock will have a scan on the ankle injury he picked up in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Greenock Morton, with boss Steve Evans expecting him to be out for a couple of weeks.

The former Sheffield Wednesday left-back came off in the 72nd minute of the 3-0 win in Scotland after appearing to land awkwardly on his ankle.

X-Rays have shown there is no fracture, but the 25-year-old, who is primed to be boss Evans’ first choice left-back this season, will now undergo scans to check for ligament damage.

Boss Evans said: "Paul Warne and Mike Preston took Joe away for an X-Ray late on Saturday evening because there was a little bit of swelling around the ankle joint.

“We came away from that with two things. The best news is that the X-Ray showed that there are no breaks in there, so there will be another scan later today to ascertain what the swelling is.

“We are hoping that it’ll be just a couple of weeks. Overall we had a fantastic response by the staff at the hospital, and it was good news for Joe.” 

That means will miss Tuesday night’s friendly with Scottish Premiership side Dundee.

But striker Matt Derbyshire will feature after making his first pre-season outing at Morton.

Last season’s top scorer missed the opening three games after picking up a knock in training, but he played the first 58 minutes on Saturday, playing up front with former Nottingham Forest team-mate Greg Halford.

And assistant boss Paul Raynor was impressed, saying: “I think Matt Derbyshire caused Morton all sorts of problems.

“Matt looked incredibly sharp and his movement is always good but he played on the last defender and he looked really sharp and we saw some good signs of him linking with Greg Halford.” 

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