Millers duo Rob Milsom and David Worrall could return to the Rotherham United squad for Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at home to Rochdale.
Milsom hasn’t appeared for the Millers since the 3-0 win at Stevenage last month, and Worrall is yet to feature since making a late substitute appearance against Crawley, the former club of Millers manager Steve Evans, back in August.
“The fitness levels in the squad are exceptional,” Evans said, “and when we have the likes of Michael O’Connor, Rob, Mark Bradley and David back from injury and available for team selection, then it can only improve us because each of those lads are top class.
“Rob should return to full training in the week ahead so, all being good, he should be back in contention for a starting place on Saturday.
“David, too, is back in full training, so hopefully it’s all systems go for the lad now.
“Mark [Bradley[ is a fantastic professional and will be back in around two weeks, and Saturday week, when we travel to Bristol City, is a realistic target for him.”
The Millers, who reacted this stage of the FA Cup after a 3-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Bradford, face Rochdale at the New York Stadium in confident mood after an outstanding display last weekend, which saw them overwhelm Gillingham on the way to a 4-1 victory.
On-loan Wigan striker Nouha Dicko scored his second goal in three Millers appearances, and there was a debut goal, too, for Newcastle right-back James Tavernier.
“He was excellent,” Evans continued.
“I have watched this lad develop over the last few years, and he will only get better.
“I can say now there is much more to come from this talented lad.
“His team mate from Newcastle, Haris Vuckic, is another lad who excites me; he has fantastic ability and is sure to be a big player for us in the week ahead.
“We are a team who are improving as we go forward and, like last season, we will certainly be a better team in the second half of the season.”
Saturday’s win took Rotherham back into the League One play-off positions.
They travel to Fleetwood on Tuesday for a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game, before returning to league action against Bristol City.