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Striker Andre Gray has “a strong chance” of being fit to face Rotherham United at the New York Stadium on Friday night.

The club record signing (right) missed Burnley’s first home defeat of the season against Reading on Saturday with a hamstring problem.

Gray picked up the niggle in last Monday night’s goalless draw at Derby County, and had been rated “touch and go” by Clarets boss Sean Dyche ahead of Saturday’s game.

But Dyche admits he was close to being involved against the Royals, and, ahead of Friday’s televised trip to the Millers, said: “I think he has a strong chance for next week.

“There are no guarantees, but he’s got a strong chance.

“It was only minor, it was only a precaution.”

After the performance of centre-backs Giuseppe Bellusci and Sol Bamba at Middlesbrough on Sunday, Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler now has some important decisions to make about his defence. There were periods of the summer transfer window where Rosler thought about bringing another centre-back to Elland Road. Rosler’s centre-backs failed him at Middlesbrough on Sunday, conspiring to deliver the unusual statistic of three goals conceded to a team who produced only two shots on target. The performances of Giuseppe Bellusci and Sol Bamba invited harsh scrutiny.

Departed Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has confirmed he was once offered the manager’s job at Sheffield Wednesday.

Evans (right) left the Millers on Monday and revealed former Owls chairman Milan Mandaric tried to lure him to Hillsborough before he appointed Stuart Gray.

“I can say now on the record that Milan Mandaric asked me to become manager of Sheffield Wednesday,” Evans said.

“But how could I say ‘yes’? I was a Miller. I’ll always be a Miller.”

Evans, who led Rotherham to two successive promotions and then kept them in the Championship, said that his No 2, Paul Raynor, had been given the opportunity to stay on a New York Stadium. “But we arrived together and we left together,” he added.