Grimsby v Rotherham preview
Bottom-of-the-table Grimsby host Rotherham seeking their first win of the new League Two season.
Last Updated: 18/08/09 1:34pm
Bottom-of-the-table Grimsby Town host Rotherham United seeking their first win of the new League Two season.
Grimsby manager Mike Newell faces a striking crisis ahead of the clash after Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro suffered a thigh strain in the 4-0 home defeat to Crewe on Saturday.
Nathan Jarman and Adrian Forbes are already out for around a month. Jarman has broken a bone in his foot while summer signing Forbes underwent knee surgery at the end of last week.
Midfielder Peter Sweeney could be restored to the starting line-up after his surprise omission against the Railwaymen, while on-loan goalkeeper Tommy Forecast should keep his place with Nick Colgan still struggling with a groin injury.
Grimsby lie at the foot of the standings after defeats in their opening two matches but Newell is unperturbed.
"We've got new players in the side, but maybe we haven't got the right balance yet. Maybe we haven't picked the right team yet, which is my responsibility," said the Liverpudlian.
"But at the end of the day, we're only one week into the season and it is far too early to be pushing panic buttons."
Rotherham team news
New signing Adam Le Fondre is poised to make his first start for Rotherham when they travel to Grimsby.
The 22-year-old striker appeared as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth, but is likely to be handed a starting berth at Blundell Park.
The former Rochdale man could replace summer signing Tom Pope, who was not at his best against the Cherries and could be rested by boss Mark Robins.
Experienced forward Drewe Broughton will be unavailable once again for the Millers as he continues his recovery from a broken toe.
Robins is unlikely to make many changes on the back of the club's first defeat of the season at the weekend.