Worst defence prepares to welcome best attack to New York Stadium

29 Sep

Rotherham have no new injury concerns for the daunting visit of Newcastle in the Sky Bet Championship.


Newcastle: Worst defence prepares to welcome best attack to New York StadiumNewcastle: Worst defence prepares to welcome best attack to New York Stadium

The Millers have endured a torrid start to the campaign under Alan Stubbs and they are still without Stephen Kelly, who has a thigh injury.

Kirk Broadfoot is closing in on a much-needed return, but his hamstring injury will not be fully healed until after the international break.

Having conceded 24 goals in 10 games, the Millers have the division’s leakiest defence and boss Stubbs could be having nightmares about facing the division’s most prolific attack on Saturday.


Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez will be able to call upon Vurnon Anita for the first time in four games following his return from suspension.

The Dutch midfielder, who has played much of his football this season at right-back, was sent off during the 2-0 home defeat by Wolves, but is available once again after completing his ban.

Anita’s return could prove timely as Benitez awaits news of DeAndre Yedlin, who completed Wednesday night’s 4-3 victory over Norwich despite being left limping by a heavy challenge before the break having recovered from an ankle problem to start the game.

The Spaniard replaced under-pressure goalkeeper Matz Sels with Karl Darlow in midweek and faces a decision over which man starts at Rotherham, although he is likely to make changes once again following tough clashes with Aston Villa and the Canaries inside five days.

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