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14 February 2017

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Interim assistant manager Matthew Hamshaw revealed there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of tonight’s visit of Huddersfield Town, as captain Lee Frecklington continues to the step up his recovery.

The Millers were pegged back late on at the weekend as Blackburn earned a point at AESSEAL New York Stadium, but there has been little time to dwell with high-flying Huddersfield in town for tonight’s Championship encounter.

Hamshaw confirmed that defenders Aïmen Belaïd and Darnell Fisher both resumed training with the main group this week, whilst skipper Freckington also continues to progress in his battle for full fitness.

"We have a few bumps and bruises but that is to be expected,” Hamshaw told Millers Player HD ahead of tonight’s game.

“Aïmen Belaïd and Darnell Fisher have both joined in with training, however this game might be a little too soon for them. 

“Lee Frecklington is progressing well. He is working hard, and I have just seen him with a big smile on his face walking around the training ground, so when he's back that will be big for us. I won't put a timescale on his return but it certainly seems that the signs are more positive.”

With new signing Carlton Morris edging closer to a return, plus fellow new face Joel Ekstrand making the matchday squad at the weekend, the Millers’ options are increasing, as Hamshaw explained:

"We have players in the squad who have been rested and were unfortunate to come out of the side,” he added.

“When I saw the bench on Saturday it is the first time we have had nearly all professionals, without any of the younger pros, available to us. We have players coming back now, and the more we can get back the better it will be.”

Meanwhile, Hamshaw also confirmed that Jonson Clarke-Harris is still in line for a return before the end of the campaign, but there is no immediate comeback planned for the striker. 

Hamshaw added:

"Jono is working really hard to get back in, and he is currently working with Ross the new fitness coach. He is busting a gut to get back fit which is understandable, because all you want to do is play. I am sure if he keeps progressing like he is he will be back before the end of the season.”

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