BILLY Kee and Aaron Webster are the latest players to join Burton Albion’s growing injury list ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash with Rotherham United.
Striker Kee picked up an ankle injury in training at the FA Centre yesterday, while long-serving defender Webster pulled a calf muscle.
Both will miss training today and join an injury list including top scorer Calvin Zola, left-back Damien McCrory, centre-half Nathan Stanton and loan signing Alex MacDonald.
With Ian Sharps unable to play against the Millers under the terms of his loan from the South Yorkshire club and Zander Diamond suspended, Albion boss Gary Rowett could be down to the bare bones.
“We had a bit of a nightmare with Billy going down with an ankle injury and Aaron picking up a calf injury,” he told Mailsport last night.
“It was one of those days – and it’s been one of those weeks.
“I don’t know how serious Billy and Aaron’s injuries are at the moment but they won’t train today.
“We’ll have to sit down on Friday, have a count up and see who we’ve got.”
Burton were yesterday linked with free agent Lee Collins, understandable speculation considering that Marcus Holness is the only fit, available and recognised centre-half at the club.
Collins, a 24-year-old ex-Port Vale defender – who can play anywhere across the backline – was released by Championship strugglers Barnsley last month.
However, the Brewers have not moved to sign the pacy defender and Rowett will resist making further signings this week.
“Unless something drastic happens, we’ll try to get through Saturday and reassess after the weekend,” said the Albion boss. “It’s a case of waiting and seeing.
“There are no immediate plans to get anyone in.”
MacDonald, who looked very promising on his brief debut for Albion in the 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon, will travel down tomorrow night with a view to training on Friday.
His dead leg was very swollen after he came off at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, but he could play some part on Saturday.
The injuries are a shame for Rowett as he looks to build on two solid away results when the Millers come calling at the Pirelli.
“We’ve had two really good days of training,” said the Brewers boss. “Conditions have been somewhat testing with it being very windy.
“You can train with no problems if it’s raining or snowing, but gusty winds are one of the most difficult conditions to train in and the lads have done really well.”
ALBION’S reserve game at Morecambe last night was postponed due a waterlogged pitch.
ANDY Corbett’s loan spell at Hereford United has been extended by a month.
The 30-year-old right-back has made five appearances for the Blue Square Bet Premier Division outfit, and they are yet to taste defeat with Corbett in the side.