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READ | Kirk closing in on first team return

25 December 2016

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Rotherham United could use Kirk Broadfoot over the festive period, as the defender closes in on a first-team return.

The Scottish international hasn't featured for the Millers since the opening day draw with Wolves at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

After a frustrating spell on the sidelines, Broadfoot has now featured in two Central League fixtures, which included 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.

Interim manager Paul Warne hinted that he would prefer to get another reserve game into one of his most experienced players, but didn't rule out a return before the end of 2016.

"Broady is available for both games really, and I know that if I stick him on the bench and have to throw him on, I can," Warne told

"I would prefer for him to have another reserve game under his belt, and I could do with having a behind closed doors game for a few players to give them a competitive match. 

"If I had to call on him I know he wouldn't let me down. Are these festive games a bit too quick? Possibly. Will he play a part? Who knows, if I have to throw him on I will."

With Kelvin Wilson now back in full training, and Greg Halford firmly on the comeback trail, Warne could soon finally have a full compliment of players to chose from.

The only other absentee is goalkeeper Lee Camp, who Warne said was unlikely to be available for the Boxing Day game with Wigan Athletic due to a knee injury.

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