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Warne’s players and squad have prepared for tonight’s game in the loosest sense of the word.
In an ideal world – and certainly if Warne had his way – the game would not take place, with the situation being worse than when the Millers faced Barnsley on December 28 and were severely under-strength due to Covid-19-related absentees and unable to fill the substitute’s bench.
He said: “We had a surreal situation against Barnsley when we came in for one day’s training and then played.
“Obviously, I am protective of the players, club and every point we play for and I was not best pleased we played after one day’s ‘prep’.
“This is exactly the same and the only difference is we’ve been even harder. I say one day’s ‘prep’, but it is just a return to training programme and getting them on the grass and not injuring everyone and letting them have a sweat. A few of my staff are (also) working away from the training ground, which is surreal.”
The club elected not to postpone that game with Barnsley due to a fear of ‘retribution’ from the EFL following previous postponements over Covid-19.
With some players having now completed their quarantine period following the latest spike in cases at the club and the Millers’ last three games having already been postponed, patched-up Rotherham will again take to the field tonight.
As for the potential of asking the EFL to extend the season due to their particular predicament, Warne is pragmatic and realistic