ROTHERHAM United are hoping defender Clark Robertson will this week be given the all-clear to return to action.
The centre-half has sat out the last three League One matches while he has rested a sore groin.
Manager Paul Warne is keeping his fingers crossed that the 26-year-old will receive the green light from the club's medical department and be available for next Saturday's trip to Gillingham.
"Robbo is in less pain but I have got to make sure he is right before he comes back in," the boss said. "I will be directed by the physios. I am hopeful, but I don't honestly know."
Rotherham were beaten at home by Wycombe Wanderers at the weekend to drop to 11th in the table but Warne will resist the temptation to rush Robertson's recovery.
"I am not going to have a knee-jerk reaction just because we have lost and be in a massive panic get him back," he said.
Another central defender, Adam Thompson, who has yet to make his debut following his summer arrival at AESSEAL New York Stadium from Bury, is also on the comeback trail.
Even though he is back in training following a leg injury, tomorrow's reserve-team clash at Rochdale may come too soon for him after nearly two months out.
"It might be next week when we look to get a ressies game into him," Warne said. "He's been out for a long time."
Midfielder Shaun MacDonald remains sidelined by an undisclosed illness.
"I can't say what it is," Warne said. "It is a bit personal, to be fair."
Everyone who played in the 1-0 defeat against Wycombe is believed to have come through unscathed.
"Woody (centre-half Richard Wood) looked like he broken his hooter. He looked a bit battered and bruised," Warne said. "But I don't think there are any new injuries."
Striker Kyle Vassell is expected to be out for at least two more weeks because of a calf problem.
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