Rotherham United have been handed a cruel injury blow ahead of their final two games of the Championship season, of which they must win at least one to stay up.
Towering defender Angus MacDonald has failed to recover from a calf injury he sustained against Blackburn Rovers last weekend, and is set to miss tonight’s game against Luton Town and the final day trip to Cardiff City.
Fellow relegation strugglers Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County will both be pleased to hear the news as the pair prepare to face off on the final day of the season in what could be a winner-takes-all affair, unless Rotherham can force their way into the picture.
MacDonald joined The Millers last summer after a two-year spell with Hull City in which he broadly failed to establish himself as a first team regular.
The 28-year-old has been a stalwart of Paul Warne’s defence this campaign, appearing in 38 of Rotherham’s 44 Championship games so far this season, scoring once.
With away fixtures against a pair of top-half opponents still to play, The Millers have a daunting job on their hands to try and stem the tide after enduring a winless run which stretches back six games.
With Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City sitting higher up the table, tonight’s trip to 12th place Luton Town may well be the best chance Warne’s side have of gaining that much-needed three points to leave themselves with a fighting chance on the final day.
This latest blow ensures the South Yorkshire side will have to earn their Championship status the hard way heading into a crucial four days for the club.