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Last Updated: 09/04/19 4:24pm
Rotherham will check on the fitness of Joe Mattock and Billy Jones ahead of their home game against Aston Villa.
Mattock was a doubt against Nottingham Forest due to illness and had to be withdrawn at half-time on Saturday. However, Millers manager Paul Warne thinks the 28-year-old will be fit to face Villa.
Fellow defender Jones also had to come off with an injury in the second half against Forest and he will be assessed. Should he miss out, Zak Vyner is likely to play. Kyle Vassell is fit again after groin surgery and Darren Potter (Achilles) is nearing a return for Rotherham, who head into Wednesday's match in the relegation zone.
Kortney Hause is a doubt for in-form Villa as they look to maintain their play-off challenge. A hip problem forced Hause off early in the second half of the victory against Sheffield Wednesday and he continues to be monitored.
Fellow defender Alan Hutton has returned to training after more than a month out with an ankle injury and he will be back in contention soon. James Chester (knee) and Tommy Elphick (foot) remain out for Villa, who have propelled themselves into the top six with six straight wins.
Rotherham United have lost their last five matches against Aston Villa without finding the net in any of those games.
Aston Villa have not lost away at Rotherham United since the first leg of the League Cup final in August 1961 (W3 D1 L0 since).
All eight of Rotherham's Championship wins this season have been by a one-goal margin.
Since his first league match in charge on October 20th, only Norwich City (67) have scored more Championship goals than Dean Smith's Aston Villa (53).
In their 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, Rotherham striker Michael Smith both scored and assisted in a league match for the first time since Boxing Day 2014 for Swindon Town against Walsall.
John McGinn has been involved in six goals in his last four league appearances for Aston Villa (4 goals, 2 assists).
Rotherham are still within reach of survival, and they will fancy their chances of giving Aston Villa a scare at home, even though Dean Smith's side are in such good form.
That was a huge result for Villa at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday as they look to seal a top-six spot. Rotherham is a tough place to go but I cannot see them not continuing their incredible run.
David Prutton predicts: 0-2 (8/1 with Sky Bet)