Welcome news for Rotherham United on injured strike duo Georgie Kelly and Conor Washington

INJURY-HIT Rotherham United have received a double boost after tests showed that the issues sidelining two of their strikers aren't as bad as first feared.
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Georgie Kelly, who suffered a torn hamstring against Norwich City last Saturday, could be fit for the first game after the month-long international break, at home to Bristol City on December 10.

Conor Washington also came off in the Canaries match, with a knee problem, but may be a shock inclusion in the squad for Saturday's Championship clash at Luton Town.

"We have had worse scans than the one on Georgie," relieved manager Matt Taylor said.

"It is a serious tear but his symptoms are improving on a daily basis and he looks like he's a quick healer. If you are going to tear your hamstring, do it before a four-week break."

The Millers anticipate the Irishman, who turns 26 on Saturday, will re-join training after they return from a week-long warm-weather camp in Cyprus and have a fortnight to get back up to speed.

"It will be race against time for him to be fit for Bristol City but he's got a chance and that's a real positive," said Taylor said who had originally been braced for a verdict that his centre-forward would be missing for six weeks or longer.

Rotherham sign off for the World Cup break Luton and Washington hasn't been ruled out of the trip to Kenilworth Road even though he may still have an operation on his knee.

"We think Conor might have a chance," Taylor said. "There were some positive scan results. He's done a little bit of training today. We will see how he is tomorrow."

The 30-year-old yesterday saw a specialist who has yet to decide whether surgery during the break is the best option.

Taylor said: "It is about whether the surgeon or Conor himself see this as an opportunity to improve the outcome of the knee long term - and take away the chance of any future damage - by possibly going under the knife in the next few weeks."

Following the Luton encounter, Rotherham's players have a week off, then head abroad before two further weeks of hard training at their Roundwood base.

Of the other injured payers, wing-backs Shane Ferguson (groin) and Tolaji Bola (quad) may be able to train in Cyprus, along with centre-half Jamie McCart (quad).

Central defender Grant Hall (hamstring) is set to be part of the Millers party that flies out but isn't expected to join in training again until the following week.