Alan Stubbs talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Rotherham United manager Alan Stubbs will be looking for both Stephen Kelly and Joe Mattock to rejoin training at the start of next week.
Kelly has missed the last two Sky Bet Championship fixtures with a thigh problem, but the Republic of Ireland international is inching closer to a first-team return.
Mattock was named in the starting 11 for the recent home game with Newcastle United, but was forced to withdraw just minutes before kick off due to a calf issue.
“Joe has been getting treatment from what happened just before Saturday’s game,” Stubbs told www.themillers.co.uk
“We are hoping that it is not too significant, and the fact that he didn’t play has probably avoided turning it into a full on calf problem. We are hoping that the injury will settle down which will allow Joe to get back into full training on Monday.
“Stephen Kelly has stepped up his recovery programme. We are hopeful that he will be back into full training at some point next week, maybe Monday or Tuesday which is great news.”
Stubbs confirmed that both have been monitored closely this week, and barring any hitches he expects them back in training this Monday.
Also expected back on the training field next week is central defender Kirk Broadfoot who hasn’t featured since the opening day 2-2 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Millers are back in action on October 15th when they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City.