Rotherham United: Revell thrilled over Morgan return

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Revell had gone 20 matches without a goal prior his strike at Torquay. “It was nice to score again,” he admitted. “When you stop scoring, you start questioning yourself.”

Morgan is nearing a first-team return after recovering from a broken bone in his ankle which he sustained against Cheltenham Town on November 17.

The centre-half, contracted to the Millers until the summer of 2014, has featured in several practice matches since the start of the month to help improve his fitness. Morgan, an unused substitute in the victory at Bristol Rovers, was also given a run-out in the reserves draw with Grimsby Town in midweek. He got 55 minutes under his belt and the 27-year-old could be considered for selection when Rotherham host York City on Tuesday.

Like Millers manager Steve Evans, Revell regards Morgan as one of the best defenders in League Two.

The striker told The Star: “It is great to have Morgs (Craig Morgan) back because it adds competition.

“He could be someone who’s vital to us in the latter stages of the season because he is going to be fresh.

“He has looked after himself really well since his injury. It is a massive boost for everyone that Morgs is back apart from myself because he just keeps kicking lumps out of me in training!”

Since joining Rotherham last September, Morgan, who has been capped over 20 times by his country, has made 13 starts and one substitute appearance with the South Yorkshire club winning half of those matches.

“When Morgs first came in, it took him some time to find his feet and get his fitness up to where he needs it to be,” said Revell. “He is a big boy and needs to be playing games regularly.

“But I thought he was outstanding in a lot of the games and made a big difference.

“He is one of those defenders who always seems to be in the right place. He has got that experience and knowledge of knowing what to do. It is no surprise our results picked up after he joined us. There were loads of games where he was excellent.

“Morgs has played at international level and there are not many players who can say that in our league.”

In the last two outings, Johnny Mullins and Claude Davis have formed a promising partnership, meaning Morgan may have to wait patiently for his chance to shine.

Revell added: “It will be a tough decision for the gaffer because we have got three very good centre-backs who are going to be fighting for two positions.”

Revell is set to spearhead the Millers attack for the fourth match in a row against York. Daniel Nardiello was a notable absentee from the trip to Bristol Rovers because of a groin problem and he remains a big doubt to be fit to face the Minstermen. Daniel Kearns (hamstring) is also an injury concern.

*Did you know? Revell had gone 20 matches without a goal prior his strike at Torquay. “It was nice to score again,” he admitted. “When you stop scoring, you start questioning yourself.”

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