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Interim manager Paul Warne says midfielder Tom Adeyemi will be fit to return to the matchday squad ahead of tonight’s trip to Nottingham Forest.
The Millers travel to the City Ground this evening looking to increase numbers to a squad that was hit hard with injuries during Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby against Barnsley.
Warne though will be boosted with the return of Adeyemi, who had to be named as an unused substitute on Saturday, after suffering from illness on the morning of the game.
“He will be fit and he trained today,” Warne confirmed to Millers Player yesterday.
“He's still not 100% but we had a light session with the lads today and he wants to play. I'll have another look at him and make my decision on which way I play but he is available.”
Warne has also received a boost on current stand-in skipper Richard Wood who appeared to be struggling with a problem during the back end of Saturday’s game.
The rugged defender has shrugged off the knock, with Warne confirming that the former Sheffield Wednesday operator will be in his squad for the game with Forest.
“He always picks up an injury but I kept asking if he was alright and he kept saying yes, but his face suggested otherwise,” Warne added.
“He's fine and he's always a little achy breaky and that's why they've been in the Cryo Chamber to try and recover them for the game on Tuesday night.
“I texted them all on Saturday night and thanked them for their efforts and Woody came back to me on Sunday and said he'd be absolutely fine and dandy. In fairness, if he wasn't in pain it would probably be a bigger problem, so there's no issue with him.”
Whilst Adeyemi and Wood have been cleared to play, the news isn’t as positive on Aïmen Belaïd and Darnell Fisher who are both missing after picking up injuries at the weekend.
“Belaïd will be out,” Warne confirmed.
“He's having a scan tomorrow [Tuesday] as is Fish. I think Aïmen's isn't as bad as Fisher's, so I reckon he will probably be out 10 to 14 days. Fish possibly two weeks or three weeks but we'll know when the scans come back.
“It's disappointing to lose them both, especially in the same game and we've been good this year with muscle injuries, so it's a bit of a shock really.”
Goalkeeper Lewis Price remains sidelined, as does club captain Lee Frecklington but the latter continues to make rapid progress following an ankle problem, as Warne explained:
“I don't think there's a possibility for Frecks to play. I think we're looking hopefully at this weekend and that would be the ideal situation but if it isn't and it's the next game, then there's no point bringing people back too soon.
“Lewis has been in the gym cycling and he's still got sore intercostals, so I don't think he'll be available.”