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Rotherham suffer pre-Derby boost with news of Tom Ince's absence

Rotherham can take a small crumb of comfort ahead of the daunting trip to Derby on Saturday by news that midfielder Tom Ince will miss the game.

The £4million man, who scored against the Millers in the 3-3 draw at New York Stadium last February, has not trained all week after picking up an ankle injury at Huddersfield at the weekend.

Although the problem is not too serious it is bad enough to keep him out against the Millers.

"We are monitoring Tom but he will not be available for the game at the weekend," head coach Paul Clement said in his pre-match press conference.

"The injury is not too serious but we will know more over the next few days."

The Millers have better injury news of their own, with Joe Mattock, Danny Ward and Joe Newell all fit and set to return to the squad, meaning just Lee Frecklington is occupying the treatment room.

The club captain is set to return soon and boss Neil Redfearn is keen to have him back.

"Lee is not too far away, he is desperate to come back and play, I love his attitude," he said. "He has obviously been missed because he is a player that has played a lot of first-team football in recent times and he will give us a real boost when he comes back.

"Danny Ward is back fit, Joe Newell is back, Joe Mattock is back. You are going to miss these players."

One player who is unavailable is on-loan centre-back Farrend Rawson, who is ineligble against his parent club.

"It was in the contract that he doesn’t play against Derby, so it gives somebody else an opportunity and if we keep a clean sheet then they get the chance to play."

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