The Rotherham United players who haven't made the trip to Murcia

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Three members of the Millers squad have stayed at home.

FRONTMAN Tom Eaves is among a trio of players who were left behind when Rotherham United flew out to Spain for their warm-weather training camp.

The striker, who had been nursing a hip issue over the off-season, suffered calf damage on the first day of pre-season and has remained at the Millers' Roundwood base for treatment while his teammates have been away.

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Winger Shane Ferguson and striker Josh Kayode, on the comeback trail after hernia and quad operations respectively, also failed to make last Sunday's flight to Murcia.

“All three are running but just not in full training yet,” manager Matt Taylor said. “We've left our first-team physio back at Roundwood and they're getting one-to-one work all week building up their fitness. Hopefully they'll then be close to training with the main group next week.”

Eaves has had trouble with his hip since last March when it flared up in a private friendly at Bolton Wanderers.

“He didn't do enough of what he needed to do in the off-season because he was resting it,” Taylor said. “Unfortunately, he then tweaked his calf in testing. That set him back ten days, and there's been the hip on top of that.”

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The Millers squad have been at the acclaimed Pinatar Stadium sport complex, the venue for Tuesday’s  n-house match on Tuesday and where they will face Spanish side Elche on Saturday.

Their arrival was delayed by a storm that grounded their plane at Manchester Airport but since then things have improved. “It's good here,” Taylor said. “The facilities are fine.”