ROTHERHAM United boss Ronnie Moore is delighted to have skipper Ryan Cresswell back for the end of season run in which begins tomorrow night with the sold out local derby at Chesterfield.
The Swinton-born centre half returned to action for his boyhood favourites in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Bury at Don Valley Stadium after three months out.
And Moore was pleased to see Cresswell play the entire 90 minutes following his recovery from a broken collar bone, extended by an ankle injury.
He said: “It was great to see Ryan back and get him through the game.
“He was cramping up with 20 minutes to go but we took no notice of him and left him out there.
“The 90 minutes is what he needed and he got through it really well.
“He should have scored as well.
“He had a real go at it and nearly got his head kicked off by the keeper.”
Cresswell returned to partner Johnny Mullins after Nick Fenton was ruled out with a thigh injury suffered in training.
Moore is fairly confident Fenton will be in contention but revealed he may have to look at a loan signing if the centre half is ruled out.
Danny Coid is also a doubt for what would be the final game of his last loan spell after a dead leg ruled him out of the Bury clash
He moved to extend the loan deal of full back Callum Kennedy until the end of the season.
The 21-year-old has made four appearances for Rotherham since arriving from Swindon Town last month.
Moore is also keen to hold onto Bradford City winger Omar Daley until the end of the season, and beyond if possible, but knows he faces a fight.
The Bantams have changed managers since Daley made the temporary switch down the M1 and new boss Peter Jackson was reportedly keen to run the rule over Daley.
A recall for the 29-year-old Jamaica international was expected this week with a 24 hour notice clause inserted into his contract.
But it appears Jackson is currently satisfied with the contribution of Kevin Ellison, who headed into the opposite direction as part of the deal.
The derby clash at the b2net Stadium is sold out and as so will be the largest league crowd in the ground’s short history.
The record 9,141 gate at the England U19 international match with their German counterparts last month could be under threat tomorrow night.
Chesterfield head into the game on the back of a 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra, one of just six losses the runaway League Two leaders have suffered so far this season.
One of those defeats came at Don Valley and the Millers have the opportunity to become only the second side to do a league double over the Spireites this term – the first being another of their local rivals, Burton Albion.
The Millers have slipped four points off the final automatic promotion place following a run of four games without a win.
Moore believes 19 more points from the remaining 10 games would be enough for the Millers to seal a top three place.
Chesterfield boss John Sheridan can call upon virtually a full strength squad with Dwayne Mattis, Mark Allott, Ian Breckin and Scott Griffiths all available after sitting out the Crewe trip.
The match sees the battle between two strikers vying for the League Two top scorer tag.
Chesterfield hot shot Craig Davies leads the Millers’ Adam Le Fondre by a single strike in the league standings with 20 and 19 goals respectively.
Both have scored 21 goals in all competitions but are currently behind Bury’s Ryan Lowe who has netted 23 in the league, 24 in total.
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.