ROTHERHAM United winger Chiedozie Ogbene has been hit by a setback in his bid to return from a serious knee injury.
The flying wide man had been poised for a return to the first-team fold after spending four months sidelined by meniscus surgery but has had to be pulled out of training.
“I’m afraid it is bad news on Chieo," manager Paul Warne said. "His knee blew up this week, he’s seen the surgeon and it looks like he’s back with the specialist today.
"We'll have more clarity in the next week or so on the extent of the setback, but he will be out for longer than originally expected, which is a massive blow.
“He's been through a lot of rehab for his injury and he’s pretty heartbroken at the moment.
“We thought he was going to be back by the end of January, but it unfortunately isn’t good news. He has our full support and love.”
The Millers boss is closing in on his final target of the January transfer window and is optimistic he land his man before Monday's 11pm deadline.
He wants an attacking midfielder who would fit into the 3-5-1-1 formation that has bought his Championship side two wins and a draw in their last three matches and was speaking to the player's club this afternoon.
"I like the system we are playing but we have got five central midfielders of whom four are playing," Warne said. "It is inconceivable to think we can get through to the end of the season with them playing 90 minutes of 23 games.
"We are asking them to play on their limit every game. That is where I see us needing to strengthen."
Midfielder Dan Barlaser, who the club describe as being "ill", misses out against Swansea City at AESSEAL New York Stadium tomorrow but is due to rejoin training on Monday and is in contention to make the squad for Tuesday's home clash with Derby County.
Winger Florian Jozefzoon is available this weekend after a bout of illness.
Fellow wide man Kieran Sadlier is training well after his ankle problem and could be involved against Derby.