GARY Rowett is facing up to the biggest headache of his burgeoning managerial career when Burton Albion host Rotherham United this afternoon.
The Brewers boss is down to the bare bones, with Anthony O’Connor and Marcus Holness his only fit and available defenders.
“It’s probably the worst week I’ve had since I’ve been here,” the promotion-chasing boss told Mailsport last night.
“There’ll be about four fitness tests tomorrow.
“We’ve gone from having loads of players available to next to nothing in about three days.
“We’ve not had too many problems this season with injury but it’s just the way it’s fallen in one week.”
There will be late fitness tests for centre-half Nathan Stanton (knee) and striker Billy Kee (ankle), but both are struggling to pass.
Centre-half Ian Sharps is ineligible to face his parent club under the terms of his loan, while partner Zander Diamond is suspended.
Left-backs Damien McCrory (ankle) and Aaron Webster (calf) are both “95 per cent” certain to miss the match, while winger Alex MacDonald (dead leg) is struggling to be fit, and even O’Connor (ankle) is set to play despite injury.
“I’m hoping on Billy and Nathan,” said Rowett. “That’s more or less it.”