JOHNNY Mullins is edging closer to a first-team return for Rotherham United.
The utility player suffered knee ligament damage in April and was expected to be on the sidelines for a minimum of seven months.
But Mullins, who can operate at right-back or centre-half, is back in training again and is ahead of schedule.
“Johnny will start contact training work next week with the rest of the squad,” Millers manager Andy Scott told The Star. “We are hoping to get him involved in the reserve game with Port Vale on Monday September 19.
“He has worked extremely hard and he’s done ever so well. His attitude to rehabilitation has been fantastic so it will be good to get him back. It is great having him around the rest of the lads. He is a very experienced, level-headed, professional lad and that transmits across to the other lads in the group when we are training.”
Following the Millers superb start to the season, Scott was named Manager of the Month for August yesterday.
But the former Brentford chief refused to take all the plaudits and dedicated the prize to the entire club.
“This is a personal accolade but really it is for the club as a whole,” he said. “It is not just for the players and the staff but for the fans as well.
“We deserve this award, there has been a lot going on here over the past four months. Everyone has been positive about it and wanted to make changes, and hopefully this is the first of many.”
Ben Pringle, Chris Holroyd and Brett Williams, on loan from Reading, are in contention to start at home to Dagenham and Redbridge today, with Danny Schofield suspended for one match in the wake of his dimissal for two bookable offences against Swindon. Schofield leads the way in the assists charts, having created four goals since arriving on a free transfer from Millwall in the summer.
Scott may decide to freshen up his back four and recall Troy Brown, who has returned unscathed from international duty with Wales Under-21s this week.