ROTHERHAM United are resisting the temptation to rush back midfield kingpin Dan Barlaser from his ankle injury.
The 23-year-old, who has looked one of the best players in League One during his season-long loan from Newcastle United, is poised to resume training after being stretchered off at Coventry City ten day ago.
But the Millers are targeting next weekend's home clash with Southend United for his comeback rather than tomorrow's trip to Rochdale.
"It's good news," said manager Paul Warne. "Dan's had a second scan on his ankle and that's all clear. Our physios are speaking to Newcastle today (Thursday) to agree a plan.
"It looks like he will be involved in training either at the end of this week or the beginning of next. Hopefully I can include him for the Southend game."
Barlaser's recovery has gone so well that he could have played at Spotland this weekend had Rotherham really needed him.
With Jamie Lindsay impressing against MK Dons on his return to the side in his teammate's absence last week, the Millers are able to bide their time.
"If it was the cup final we could strap Dan up and send him out but that's not really how we do things here," Warne said.
"I had ankle-ligament problems myself as a player and if you come back too early you can find yourself out again.
"We want Dan to fully recover so that when he comes back he's fully fit. It's the best news we could have had. It looked like it might have been a season-ending injury when he did it so to be getting him back so soon is a bit of a Brucie bonus."
Meanwhile, young striker Josh Kayode has returned on loan to Carlisle United after having treatment with Rotherham on a hamstring complaint.
"He trained with us on Tuesday and looked really sharp," Warne said.
Centre-half Clark Robertson, out with a fractured foot, is seeing a specialist in Leeds today (Friday) and hopes to be running on an anti-gravity treadmill, which will bear most of his body weight for him, next week.