Rotherham United manager Steve Evans could be handed a boost ahead of Saturday’s game against former club Crawley, with the return of striker Daniel Nardiello.
Nardiello scored 19 times last season as the Millers won automatic promotion to League One, but has yet to make his bow this season as he battles with a troublesome hamstring injury.
The striker has, however, targeted Saturday’s clash with Crawley for a comeback - and could be handed a place on the bench as Evans, and assistant Paul Raynor, prepare to return to the club they left 16 months ago.
“The hamstring is getting there,” former Barnsley striker Nardiello said.
“I had a little setback last week, but I’m looking to get back in training, travel to Crawley and maybe get on the bench. I want to play and score in every game, and my aim, once I do get back, is to stay fully fit, get back in the team and score some goals.”
Evans’ men travel to the Broadfield Stadium still seeking their first win in League One, but still full of confidence after their Capital One Cup first round victory over local rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
They followed that up with a promising draw against Preston on Saturday, and Evans is hoping for a happy return to his old hunting ground.
“It really is just another game,” Evans said, of his return to Crawley.
“I enjoyed some fantastic success there, working for some great people who I still remain friends with and speak to regularly.
“The supporters where brilliant to me and Paul, and I can only say great things about that football club and everyone connected to it.
“We are playing for three points and we will take a good travelling support who I am sure will make another cracking atmosphere.
“Crawley are a decent team with some real quality players, and it will be another tough afternoon in League One.
“But not for one minute do I ever expect an easy one.”
Rotherham’s Capital One Cup second round clash against Aston Villa, meanwhile, has been confirmed for Wednesday August 28. The match, at Villa Park, will kick off at 7.45pm.
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