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Rotherham hopeful over Leon Best's injury for Hull clash

Rotherham are hoping striker Leon Best will be available for the visit of Hull on Saturday.

Best missed Tuesday’s defeat to Huddersfield with a groin injury when he was expected to return after serving a three-match ban for his red card against Leeds.

That dismissal came just 73 minutes into his debut, but his performance before that had shown enough to suggest he will be a vital player for the Millers this season.

Boss Neil Redfearn had been desperate to get him back on the field for the game at the John Smith’s Stadium but his groin problem proved too serious and the Millers floundered in attack in his continued absence.

Despite being unfit for Tuesday’s clash, Redfearn expects him to make it for the Millers’ next Yorkshire derby against the Tigers.

“He has a groin problem,” the Millers boss said. “We are hoping that he might be fit for Saturday, it’s something that he has had a niggle with on and off for a while, he has had an injection to try and settle it down.

“My physio assures me he will be ready for Saturday.

“(Stephen) Kelly is not far away and he is an important player. These are important players, we brought them in to help the lads we have got and that's what they've done.

“One has been injured and one has been suspended so we've had no luck.”

One player who definitely will not be involved at the weekend is Brandon Barker after the Manchester City loanee returned to his parent club a month early.

Barker had played just 19 minutes of action from the bench in the last three games after initially impressing in his goalscoring debut against Ipswich.

But with Redfearn feeling unable to rely on the 19-year-old, he has headed back across the Pennines.

“He wasn't doing us any favours and we weren't doing him any favours,” the Millers boss said.

“He wasn't playing, it was his first loan.

“I think Brandon is an outstanding talent but I think this was a loan a little bit too early.

“But the boy goes with our best wishes, there are no hard feelings between the clubs, he goes back there and we wish him well.”

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