The international break may have started, but the hard work doesn’t stop for Rotherham United.
After Saturday’s stirring draw at leaders Norwich City, the Millers aren’t in action again until Friday October 17 when they entertain Leeds United in a Yorkshire derby in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Manager Steve Evans said: “We have to be ready for Leeds. That’s our only thought. We’re going to continue working, that’s for sure.
“In the last international break some of the players had a few days off, but they won’t be getting a few days this time. We’re in and we’re working.”
Centre-half Kari Arnason is away with Iceland on Euro 2016 qualifying duty, but Evans has the rest of his squad at his disposal.
We won’t overly-work them,” he said.
“But we’ll still make sure they’re playing competitive games against good opposition.
“We don’t kid ourselves. There’s a lot of hard work to do.
“We look forward to another giant of a club, Leeds United, coming to New York Stadium.”
Centre-half Kirk Broadfoot, right-back Mark Bradley and midfielder Rob Milsom should be close to full fitness by the end of the break, and Evans has similar hopes for central defender Richard Wood.
Evans has said the club will look to send out Bradley and Milsom on loan to sharpen them up.
Meanwhiile, the funeral took place yesterday of lifelong Millers fan and founder of the Rotherham United Nostalgia Society Chas Robinson.
Chas, who died aged 67, was a hugely popular figure, and his coffin was carried by ex-managers Ronnie Moore and Mark Robins, former assistant boss John Breckin, old players Richard Finney and Trevor Womble and one-time kitman Steve McVann.
The service took place at St Bede’s Roman Catholic Church.