TEENAGE winger Julien Lamy is facing weeks on the sidelines after discovering his leg injury is more serious than first thought.
The French flyer hobbled out of his first pre-season game for Rotherham United at non-league Parkgate FC in early July and has yet to return to training.
Manager Paul Warne revealed the 19-year-old has found the news difficult to take as he tries to forge a career in England
He was only a week into his time with the Millers, after impressing enough during a trial to earn a one-year deal, when a tackle ended his contribution against Parkgate.
"It's a really slow progression with him," Warne said. "The challenge on him, initially we thought it was just a bang. But it's turned out to be more severe than that.
"It's taking longer for him to recover to the point of being pain-free. He's running on the anti-gravity treadmill at about 80 per cent of his body weight.
"He's still got a couple of weeks possibly before he can bear full weight on his leg and can get back out on the grass. He won't be in our plans for the next few weeks.
The boss, who takes his side to Shrewsbury Town tomorrow in the first round of the Carabao Cup, empathised with the youngster who worked out throughout May and June so he could hit the ground running when the Rotherham squad reported for pre-season training.
"It's hard for him because he trained his absolute piece off in the off-season and came back in really good shape," Warne said. "He was so keen for this opportunity.
"He could have signed for someone else but chose to sign here. He's really bought into trying to play here.
"To do all that and then get a severe leg injury is tough for him. He's putting a brave face on it but I know that, mentally, he's finding it tough."