A bid to get Nouha Dicko back at Rotherham United has not been ruled out.
Millers manager Steve Evans said the player was ‘hurting’ at his loan being cut short and that he shed tears when he was leaving.
“You’d never say never about getting him back and we’ll be following it closely because if he was to be going on loan I know what his choice would be,” said Evans yesterday of the striker who had scored six goals in five consecutive starts.
“His club, Wigan, have had a couple of injuries and are fully entitled to call him back.
“We’ll miss Dicko and he’s a top class person as well. Our chairman and his vice-chairman are fully aware of the situation and that we will always have interest in someone like him and I would love to work with him again.”
Meanwhile, Rotherham’s other on-loan striker, Haris Vuckic, hopes to recover from a dead leg for tomorrow’s trip to Port Vale having almost missed the game at Bradford city where his superb goal was the matchwinner.
“I actually left it to an hour or so beforehand to decide because I had thought about not playing him,” said Evans.
“He seemed tired after the Wolves game but I felt he would give us something and his finish was sublime. But if any player is capable of doing what he did, then it’s Haris. He does that sort of thing all day in training; it was quality.”
Rotherham will be without right back Mark Bradley and midfielder Rob Milsom for the Port Vale game.
Both picked up their fifth bookings of the season on Thursday and so have a one-match ban and will be clear for the home game with Coventry City on New Year’s Day.
To replace Bradley, James Tavernier could switch to right back or Richard Brindley could return. Michael O’Connor could come into midfield for Milsom.
Claude Davis had to go off after 25 minutes, Evans indicating an ankle injury, and is a doubt for Vale Park where the Millers lost 5-2 early last season.
Vale, who beat Notts County 2-1, are ninth, five points behind Rotherham.
Vale will be without central defender Chris Robertson who has a one-match ban. He will be replaced by Liam Chilvers. Ex-Owls midfielder Chris Lines is set top return after a ban.