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24 December 2016

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Rotherham United interim manager Paul Warne remains confident that Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown will be available for the Boxing Day encounter with Wigan Athetic.

The striker missed the South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday after being withdrawn during the first-half of the recent defeat to Fulham with a tight hamstring.

After spending some time with his parent club's medical staff, the England youth international is now back on the training ground with the Millers.

Warne's Rotherham will train today (Christmas Eve) and tomorrow (Christmas Day) where the interim boss is hopeful of getting Brown some pitch time to ensure his availability for the first of two home games over the festive period.

"Izzy Brown was running up and down the side of the pitch and looked more than comfortable, so I can see no issue there," Warne confirmed to

"He looked quicker than what he did before he pulled his hamstring, so I don't think that there is a massive issue there. 

"We will obviously have to keep a close eye on that. He is desperate to join in full training and we have tried to hold him back a little bit. I might leave him until Saturday because he is a fit lad and it isn't like he has missed loads of days. 

"I don't need to take any unnecessary risks with him, so I'll probably leave him until Saturday."

There is more good news on the injury front for Warne, who it has been confirmed will be in charge of first-team matters over the festive period.

Central defender Kelvin Wilson has also started back into full training this week, and could be included in Warne's squad for Boxing Day.

Utility player Greg Halford is also on the comeback trail, but goalkeeper Lee Camp looks set for an extended stint on the sidelines.

"Kelvin Wilson has trained fully on Wednesday," Warne confirmed.

"Greg Halford was in about 30% of the session on Wednesday, which included the warm-up and some other bits and pieces. That is good news."

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