Kenny Jackett talks to www.themillers.co.uk...Rotherham United boss Kenny Jackett could welcome back a number of players that have been sidelined through injury after a good week’s training over the international break.
The Millers have been without a number of key first team players in recent weeks but Jackett has been encouraged by the progress made in training, with the absence of a competitive fixture last weekend allowing for extra recovery time for his squad.
Captain Lee Frecklington hasn’t featured since the home clash with Reading at AESSEAL New York Stadium but his manager says the signs are positive as he continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
“He’s okay, his ankle is improving and he’s had a good week’s training,” Jackett told www.themillers.co.uk.
“We’re pleased and I haven’t seen him as much as I’d have liked since I’ve been at the club and he’ll be an addition as and when he is back.”
Meanwhile, the Millers’ chief is also excited by the prospect of a return for Cardiff City loanee Tom Adeyemi with Celtic man Scott Allan also back in the fold if required on Saturday.
“He’s [Adeyemi] fine and we’re hopeful now he can build up his fitness and make an impression for the club. That’s the reason he signed for us and he wants to do very well in the midfield area,” Jackett explained.
“He’s had enough training to be able to go in and what he needs now is a run of games. He needs a good run of games to show us the form that he was brought here for.
“Scott Allan is 100% and fully fit in training and he’ll be available for selection.”
There was mixed news from defensive duo Kelvin Wilson and Kirk Broadfoot, with the former set to return to the action for the first time since hobbling off against Birmingham City and could feature in this weekend’s trip to Derby County.
“It’s been stop-start for Kelvin as well in terms of his games,” Jackett told www.themillers.co.uk.
“He’ll want to get into a good rhythm and he’s an experienced centre half. Firstly on the training field and then in games, he’ll want to get to a level where he can feel consistently fit and confident.”
Jackett is yet to get any firm details on a return for Broadfoot, who continues his rehab from a back injury, but says he is getting the complete attention of the physios as he looks to return to action.
“He’s working very very hard but he’s not nearing a solution at the moment. I can’t put a timeframe on it which is slightly frustrating.
“Our medical team are working as hard as possible so that we can work towards him coming back but at present there isn’t any news."