Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has heaped praise upon Leeds United ahead of tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby, as reported by the Yorkshire Post

The Millers sit two points above the relegation zone and face a stern test against the high-flying Whites, who occupy top spot in the Championship.

Rotherham’s extensive injury list features the likes of Joe Newell, Jamie Proctor and Ryan Williams, whilst loanee Richie Towell is also a doubt due to illness.

Leeds, meanwhile, are set to hand a debut to goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, a recent addition from Real Madrid.

Warne has been effusive in his praise for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, likening them to Premier League giants Manchester City:

“They back each other one-on-one all over the pitch, which not many teams in the Championship do and they make it hard for you.

“They are very athletic and there are not many times that we play against a team who I think are more athletic than us and they can all handle the ball.

They are the stand-out team in the league, comfortably.”

The Millers boss has also been discussing the possibility of tying midfielder Richie Towell down to a permanent deal. The 27-year-old has impressed since making the temporary switch from Brighton & Hove Albion, and could potentially arrive on a free transfer in the summer:

“Richie is out of contract in the summer and it is something I will revisit this summer. It is one of the things I wanted to have happened (now), but it cannot be agreed. It is one of those things; we move on.”

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