evans waiting on dan return

Walsall v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 21st September 2013 - Daniel Nardiello wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring for the Millers at Walsall
Walsall v Rotherham United - SkyBet League 1 - 21st September 2013 - Daniel Nardiello wheels away in celebration after opening the scoring for the Millers at Walsall

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans hopes to have striker Daniel Nardiello back for this weekend’s home game against Swindon.

Nardiello, who has scored five goals in as many games for the Millers this season in their impressive start to life in League One, missed Saturday’s impressive 1-0 win at Brentford after tweaking hi s Achilles in training on the eve of the game.

Nardiello instead watched from the stands as Mark Bradley’s header gave the Millers all three points.

The in-form striker was expected to miss Tuesday evening’s JPT tie against York City, but could return against Mark Cooper’s Swindon as the Millers look to consolidate their Play-Off position.

“Nards was feeling his Achilles after training on Friday, and it never settled down,” Evans said.

“So on the advice of [physio] Denis Circuit, I left him out of the team.

“It is nothing serious and I am told he should be training by later in the week - which, of course, is the good news.”

Nardiello could be joined in the squad to face Swindon by Michael O’Connor, who is making good progress from the groin injury he picked up while on international duty with Northern Ireland last month.

O’Connor was spotted working with fitness coach Paul Warne on the Griffin Park pitch on Saturday, and returned to full training on Monday.

“Michael will have a real chance of being included against Swindon,” Evans said.

“Claude [Davis] is also making rapid progress, and he could also be available.

“These are two key players for us, so it will be good to have them available again.”

Rotherham, who surrendered their unbeaten League One record with an unjust defeat against Peterborough last month, are still to taste defeat on the road and Evans added: “I would say it has been a steady start, nothing more or nothing less.

“We have a great squad of players; they are real positive lads.

“Competition for a place in the team is excellent; the desire to win football matches is incredible and I really do believe in this squad of players.”