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READ | Richard edging closer to return

23 March 2017

Richard O'Donnell talks to www.themillers.co.uk...

Goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell is targeting a return to first-team action after being given the green light to start training.

A finger injury sustained in the warm-up during the recent Championship fixture with Brentford has ruled the former Bristol City stopper out of action in recent weeks, but the January signing is now stepping up progress in a bid for a quick return to action.

"It has been nice to get the gloves back on to be fair," Richard told www.themillers.co.uk

"It hasn't been great sitting and watching the other guys train. When you injure a finger it is obviously a frustrating injury for a goalkeeper. I have just started back training, it is still a little sore which is to be expected, but I am ahead of schedule which is where I want to be.

"There is no bigger test than training, you probably have more to do in training than you do in a game to be honest. It is feeling pretty strong, I still feel it a little from time to time but it is getting stronger and with the international break coming up, it is a chance for me to really make some more progress."

O'Donnell has made seven appearances for the Millers since joining from Bristol City, making his debut at St. James' Park in the defeat to Newcastle.

The former Wigan stopper is now relishing the battle with Lewis Price for the number one jersey, something the Millers have been denied so far with both 'keepers suffering injury in the last few months.

"It has been strange for one reason or another that we both haven't been available," Richard confirmed.

"The game against Brentford would have been the first game but then obviously I got injured in the warm up. 

"It is good to have competition all over the pitch, and goalkeeping is no different. I get on really well with Pricey, and I am sure that we will both enjoy the competition."

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