Rotherham United hot-shot Freddie Ladapo winning battle for derby fitness

ROTHERHAM United expect derby hero Freddie Ladapo to be fit for Saturday's South Yorkshire showdown with Sheffield Wednesday at AESSEAL New York Stadium.
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The striker, who famously scored a last-minute winner at Hillsborough last season, missed Tuesday's 1-0 triumph at Morecambe because of tonsillitis.

However, he returned to training this morning and will be in the squad this weekend unless he suffers a reaction.

"He trained today and trained quite well," manager Paul Warne. "He was a bit 'blowy'.

"We'll just see how he reacts tonight really. We will see how he comes in tomorrow morning and we will make an informed decision then.

"He will definitely a play a part but how much of a part we will have to see.

"He had tonsillitis. He has taken penicillin and it has calmed down."

Centre-half Angus MacDonald, out with an unspecified condition, and back-up goalkeeper Josh Vickers, who has a groin problem, are the only Rotherham absentees.

Central defender Curtis Tilt is back with the main group after a hamstring pull but the Owls clash will come too soon for him.

The match, which pits two top-six League One sides against each other, is heading towards a sell-out and less than 300 tickets remained for sale at the close of business last night.

Ladapo is desperate to feature after his stunning 97th-minute strike in S6 last term that secured a 2-1 victory for the ten-man Millers.

Warne said: "He caught me looking at him in training a couple of times when he was blowing a bit and immediately tried to pretend he was all right!"