Rotherham United don’t see Rovers as anything of a soft touch despite their mid-table standing.

The Millers are desperate for points in their quest to beat the drop, a run of five successive defeats coming just at the wrong time.

The visit of Rovers today is their final home game of the campaign, with trips to fellow mid-table sides Luton Town and Cardiff City to come.

And while none of those sides can either reach the play-offs, or be relegated, assistant manager Richie Barker says the Millers will prepare as they would were these fixtures to have come at any stage of the season.

“All the games over the last month have been difficult because of the limited time we’ve had to prepare,” he said.

“It is very difficult to second guess what the opposition manager is going to do in terms of selection.

The three teams that we’re playing between now at the end of the season are pretty safe in midtable, but that does not mean it will be an easy game by any stretch.

“Players are still playing for contract and all that comes with it and they could play with freedom having pressure off them.

“I watched Blackburn against Sheffield Wednesday a few weeks ago and they won at the weekend and played really well, so we know they will provide us with a tough test.”

Meanwhile, the Millers will make a late check on the fitness of goalkeeper Viktor Johansson who is following concussion protocol following his substitution in the 1-0 defeat at Barnsley last weekend.

Rovers are one of just a handful of sides unaffected by a postponement relating to coronavirus as they come up against the side hit the hardest this afternoon.

Rotherham United have been forced to play every midweek since the international break, including a run of four games in eight days, in a bid to catch up with their schedule.

That was owing to the postponement of four matches because of positive Covid tests within the squad which forced the whole squad, and staff, to self-isolate.

Rovers had issues of players requiring to isolate earlier in the campaign, taking steps in the November international break to close down their Brockhall training base so that a deep clean could take place.

Tony Mowbray says the club have never requested a postponement, but have asked the EFL for clarity over their procedures when it comes to the required number of players missing to be able to ask for a game to be called off.

Thankfully the squad have overcome issues from earlier in the season and bar a postponement for a waterlogged pitch against Swansea City in February, having completed their fixtures on the allotted dates.

“I’m pretty sure that in the core of it we could have requested to have games called off when we had three or four players not available, players not training or isolating,” Mowbray said.

“I think because it was all new, I’m sure we’ve played games without three or four players unavailable, maybe Rotherham took a harder stance or harder line and had games called off. I don’t know their situation.

“We have suffered at times through Covid, we have had three or four players not available, but never once went to try and postpone a game.

“We asked questions once or twice and said ‘we’ve got this many available’ and what came back was that we would be accountable for it, were players in the same car, were they not isolating or socially distancing, all that sort of stuff came back and we just got on with it and played the games.”