NEW boy Julien Lamy is stepping up his comeback after being forced to sit out the early stages of Rotherham United’s German boot-camp.
The young winger picked up a leg knock in last weekend’s 7-0 win over Parkgate, two days before the Millers flew to Barsinghausen near Hanover for a gruelling week of pre-season training.
He missed Wednesday night’s 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen II but was working out on the grass on Thursday and may be in contention to feature in a friendly tomorrow.
“We’re hoping he’s going to train with the squad before the weekend and play a part against FC Magdeburg,” manager Paul Warne said.
The Rotherham players will have completed around 80 kilometres of running in seven days by the time they fly home and Warne is gutted for the 19-year-old that he has been sidelined.
“I feel for him, bless him,” the boss said. “He’s the only Frenchmen in a squad of British players and he's having to training on his own with the physios.
“It’s heartbreaking for him because he’s getting further behind. This is a real big week. He’s desperate to train.”
Striker Carlton Morris missed training on Thursday after playing against Werder Bremen II for an hour.
“He’s a little bit sore in the groin. It’s no drama,” Warne said. “Carlton didn't want to pull out but the physios advised us it might be better to protect him as a precaution.
“The Bremen game was good. I really enjoyed it. We played 4-3-3 and played really well. We hit the woodwork three times.”
Warne’s players are running daily at 7.30am as part of their five-sessions-a-day routine and Thursday was no exception even though there had been a match the night before.
“They did 6km,” Warne said. “They’re training hard. It is pretty intense. It’s a lot of work.”
Manchester United Under-21s have been added to the Millers EFL Trophy group which already included Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City. The first ties don't take place until September.
Former Millers striker David Ball has rejected interest from several English sides to sign for Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.
Starting line-up v Werder Bremen II: Price; Olosunde, Ihiekwe, Robertson, Mattock; Wiles, Ajayi, Barlaser; Vassell, Morris, Ladapo.
After 60 minutes: Bilboe; Jones, Cooper, Wood, Hinds; MacDonald, Barlaser, Crooks; Smith, Proctor, Kayode.
Millers scorers: Vassell, Smith.
A version of this article first appeared in the Advertiser