Chiedozie Ogbene leads comeback crew as Rotherham United take on table-topping Burnley

ROTHERHAM United could have up to five players back in the first-team frame when they head to league leaders Burnley on Wednesday.
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Attacker and top scorer Chiedozie Ogbene is expected to return from a five-match absence after hamstring trouble and wing-back Peter Kioso is set to be available for the first time since August following groin and ankle injuries.

Fellow wing-backs Shane Ferguson (groin) and Tolaji Bola (quad) may also be ready to face the Clarets in the Championship clash at Turf Moor.

None of the quartet are likely to be start but centre-half Grant Hall, who missed yesterday's disappointing 1-0 loss at Cardiff City as he served a one-match ban, may go straight back into the line-up.

"It's what we need," said manager Matt Taylor after watching his side slip a place to 13th in the table in South Wales.

"We need to be able to affect the game in different ways. At the moment our hands are tied in terms of changing things in a structural way.

"We hope to have Chieo back, we hope to have Kioso back and we hope to have Ferguson or Bola or maybe even both back.

"It will make difference; not for them to start the match but in terms of legs from the bench to influence the game.

"With no disrespect to that bench today, there was a lack of legs to come on. There were good players but a real lack of energy."

The Millers are poised to be without Cameron Humphreys for the trip to Lancashire after the central defender was substituted early in the second half at Cardiff City Stadium.

"It's his hamstring: a culmination of minutes, tiredness and tightness," said Taylor. "If you keep him on you risk a strain or tear.

"Hopefully we have protected it, maybe not for Wednesday but for a couple of games before the international break (November 12). Time will tell."

Veteran defender Lee Peltier lasted for the full match against the Bluebirds and was one of the few Rotherham players to do themselves justice.

"That was his first 90 minutes for some time so we will assess him," Taylor said. "He was a shining light today."

Burnley represent a huge test for the Millers who were well below their best in the Cardiff encounter after playing so well at Coventry City in midweek.

"We have to pick ourselves up and find a way of being more like what we want to be like on Wednesday," Taylor said.

"We’re finding it really difficult to back up a good performance with another good performance."