Date: 5th February 2015 at 6:49pm
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Manager Chris Powell has previewed the game this weekend against Millwall and given an injury update as well.

Speaking to the Official Site in his pre game press conference, Powell began with an injury update and especially that of Tommy Smith.

‘Tommy’s in good spirits, he feels great. He actually discharged himself late last Saturday which was quite remarkable. He looks like he would be able to play on Saturday, but he cannot – we have to follow protocol when it comes to concussions. Touch wood, he’ll be back in full training next Monday.’

Powell went on to say that for him Yorkshire Air Ambulance had been ‘absolutely first class’ with Smith, as were the medical team at the ground, and along with our medical staff, everybody did exactly what was needed and Smith got the fantastic care he needed at the point, so it was thanks to all for the gaffer.

He also revealed that Nahki Wells had returned to training this week as well, so he should be available. And Alex Smithies was back in training on the Monday but illness had kept him out of the last match.

Joel Lynch’s scan has shown that he’ll be out for two to three weeks now, and Jonathan Hogg looks likely to miss the Millwall game as well as he hasn’t recovered as soon as we’d have liked.

New signing Ishmael Miller is in contention though, so he’s an additional option for the gaffer, and he also said of other changes to the playing squad.

‘I feel there is a talented footballer there. If we put him out on the pitch and give him the platform to really show what he’s got, I think he could be a very good asset for us. What people have to remember, that of the 11 players who left, a number haven’t affected the first team so far. Of the rest, they were all players I had a good look at and not many of them were affecting the group either.’

Pointing to Lee Peltier and Paul Dixon who were in the first team and left, he said that Paul’s decision was led by personal reasons ie he wanted to return to Scotland because he’s about to become a father again, so he has no problems with that decision.

But one player not going anywhere was Joe Lolley, because Powell wants to ‘unleash’ him on the league in the near future.

‘His elevation through the leagues has been so quick, he’s a natural talent and I know he will have an effect for us over time. I haven’t started him yet, but he’s certainly in my thinking and wasn’t going anywhere in the window. I want to give him a chance, I can’t promise when that will be, but he’s definitely part of my plans.’

Finishing the transfer talk, he said that when the loan window opened he would be looking to get cover for Jack Robinson and that will be a priority.

As for the game itself, he explained he was looking for a reaction following the loss to Leeds.

‘In the immediate aftermath the players were down, as well as being a little bit in shock over Tommy, but we’ve got to move on quickly as we have an important game against Millwall on Saturday. I said my piece to them and now we focus on the next game. We have a resilient bunch, we’ve had some highs and lows already and I have no doubts they will come back again. I watched them against Reading ahead of a big morale boosting win at Nottingham Forest last week. We have to go there, keep calm and get on with what we’re there to do. I’m sure my players can handle that.’

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