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Leon Best set for extended spell on sidelines as Rotherham reassess injury management

Rotherham will reassess their management of Leon Best's groin injury after he missed another game.

Best was set to be available for Boxing Day's 4-0 win over Bolton after having an injection last week, but having trained on Christmas Day he was not deemed fit enough to take part 24 hours later.

It meant he missed a third game through the problem and coming off the back of a three-game ban on his debut, the former Newcastle striker has played just 73 minutes since signing in mid-November.

An imminent return does not look likely after boss Neil Redfearn said they are sending him back to the specialist to evaluate how they will treat the injury.

"Leon trained on Christmas Day and got through the session," Redfearn said. "He had the green light from the specialist that it is not going to get any worse. 

"He obviously does need an operation at some stage. He can play through it, but the injury is restricting his movement, his explosive movement.

“We are going to have to have a rethink on that one, go back to the specialist and have a rethink."

Best's absence has not been felt in the last two games following the emergence of Danny Ward in the lone striking role.

Ward followed up his superb display against Hull with another impressive showing against Bolton which was rewarded with the vital second goal in the 4-0 rout.

It ended a drought that stretched back to March and the 25-year-old thought it was never going to come after he missed a golden chance in the first half.

“I thought after the chance in the first half that it was going to be one of those seasons where it never comes," he said.

"To get that goal gives me a big confidence boost personally. But I can't take anything away from the way the team performed."

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