Fitness all-clear for four Rotherham United players

New signing Jamie McCart is back in action todayNew signing Jamie McCart is back in action today
New signing Jamie McCart is back in action today
ROTHERHAM United's injury problems are set to ease today as a quartet of their missing men return to training.

The Millers were without six first-team contenders for Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw at Mansfield Town where young striker Josh Kayode added to their woes by pulling his hamstring.

However, they have been boosted by the medical go-ahead for four of their sidelined players.

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Wing-backs Shane Ferguson, Wes Harding and Tolaji Bola and new centre-half Jamie McCart are scheduled to rejoin the main group at Roundwood this morning and, barring further mishaps, should be in contention for selection on July 30's Championship opening day.

The development will come as a relief to boss Paul Warne who is desperate to step up his signings and add much-needed numbers to his squad as he bids to build on last season's promotion from League One.

"There are players coming back and it goes without saying that we will have more bodies coming in through our recruitment," he said. "I'd rather that happen sooner rather than later."

Calf victim Tom Eaves, one of Warne's six summer recruits so far, is out for another month with a calf issue and, like Kayode, will be unavailable for the start of Rotherham's second-tier campaign.

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Another new boy, wing-back Cohen Bramall, who suffered an injury in last week's 3-0 win at Harrogate Town, is scheduled to resume training next Monday.

"He will be available for the start of the season," Warne said. "Whether he will be match-fit is a different thing."

Two targets who have been offered deals at AESSEAL New York Stadium were due to give the manager their decisions yesterday.

The Millers continue their pre-season programme tomorrow night at derby rivals Doncaster Rovers (kick-off 7pm).