GARY Rowett has been unsuccessful in his bid to bring cover in for his injury-ravaged Burton Albion squad.
The Brewers boss hoped to tie up a short-term permanent deal for an out-of-contract defender yesterday.
The deal did not materialise, however, so Albion’s braves will have to take on Rotherham United tomorrow with a patched-up backline.
Left-backs Aaron Webster (calf) and Damien McCrory (ankle) are both almost certainly out of the crunch League Two promotion clash, while centre-half Nathan Stanton (knee) is a major doubt.
Loan star Ian Sharps, meanwhile, is unavailable to face his parent club and Zander Diamond is suspended.
Despite the absentees, Rowett is certain his men will put up a good fight against the Millers.
“I’m confident we’ll be competitive against Rotherham,” said the Albion boss. “It’s just this one game out of 15 left and we’re not going to panic.
“We’ve got a very, very strong squad this season, and very competitive.
“Tomorrow might give one or two a chance to get a start.
“It might be out of position but it’ll be a start for them.”
Calvin Zola (hip) and Billy Kee (ankle) are both also racing to be fit, as is loanee Alex MacDonald (dead leg).
“We could have gone out and got another loan signing,” said Rowett. “But we’ve got five in the squad and you can only play five at once.
“So it would’ve been for just this one game and then a month out of the squad. We’ll juggle things around.”