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Team news: Harrad poised for Millers debut

Team news: Harrad poised for Millers debut
By PA Sport

11/02/2012 at 20:30Updated 11/02/2012 at 21:30

Rotherham could hand a debut to on-loan Shaun Harrad when they visit League Two leaders Southend United at Roots Hall.

Paul Sturrock must again decide whether to stick or twist with his Southend XI as they aim to pick up three much-needed points at home to Rotherham.

The Shrimpers boss was livid with his side's performance against Swindon and duly made two changes for last Saturday's clash at Plymouth, only to see them throw away a two-goal lead in the final four minutes to draw 2-2.

Midfielder Kane Ferdinand, dropped to the bench for the Home Park encounter, could come back in, as could on-loan striker Jack Sampson, who is expected to have overcome a minor back strain which ruled him out. The fixture is set to be the final one of Sampson's initial month-long stay from Bolton.

David Martin and Bilel Mohsni came into the line-up and will be hoping to keep their places, while the likes of Neil Harris and Elliot Benyon are pushing for recalls.

Defender Mark Phillips faces another late fitness test on his groin injury, but Ryan Leonard, Barry Corr, Harry Crawford (all knee) and Lee Sawyer (thigh) remain absent.

Supporters and groundstaff have been working hard to ensure the Roots Hall pitch gets the go ahead as the winter weather continues to bite the country.

Rotherham could hand a debut to on-loan Shaun Harrad when they visit Roots Hall.

The Millers bagged the Bury striker on a month's emergency loan on Wednesday and he could go straight into Andy Scott's side at Roots Hall.

Rotherham's game last week against Torquay was postponed and that has given their injured players more time to recover, meaning defender Johnny Mullins (hamstring) could be in contention, but forward Gareth Evans (back) remains sidelined.

Regardless of whether Mullins makes it or not, Scott will name his 17th different defensive combination of the season as Michael Raynes serves a ban for his red card at Dagenham a fortnight ago so Ryan Cresswell and Richard Naylor are vying for his spot.

Luke Foster (knee) is the only long-term absentee as Scott's side face the difficult task of ending a run of three successive defeats in Essex.