Lee Peltier ready for first Rotherham United action and Ollie Rathbone set for fitness all-clear

NEW boy Lee Peltier will be in the frame for a place in the matchday 18 when Rotherham United continue their Championship campaign at Coventry City next weekend.
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The defender wasn't considered for last Saturday's opening fixture after joining the Millers only 48 hours before the 1-1 home draw with Swansea City.

But the 35-year-old - who had been a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough at the end of last season - has already done enough to impress boss Paul Warne.

"Pelts has trained for only a few days but he still looks amazing," he said. "It wouldn't have been fair on the lads who have done six weeks of pre-season to put him straight into the squad.

"He'll be okay for the next game ... if he trains well and is a good boy!"

Loanee Scott High made the cut for the Swans clash despite moving to AESSEAL New York Stadium, from Huddersfield Town, a day after Peltier. He was included because a quad injury to Ollie Rathbone had left the club short of numbers in the midfield department.

Rathbone, a key player in last term's promotion, should be fit for Sunday's visit to the Coventry Building Society Arena.

"I was told Ollie's issue was going to clear this weekend but it didn't," said Warne on Saturday evening. "He is going to be fine for next week.

"I could have risked it but he could then have been out for three or four weeks. I was never going to be the manager who was going to do that."

Wing-back Tolaji Bola returned to full training last Thursday but missed out against Swansea.

"I try to be as fair as I can and other players had trained for longer and were in front of him," Warne said.

Rotherham's players have today off as the Coventry match is on a Sunday and Warne wants his group to have the same six-day lead-in to a game that they normally would.