NICK Montgomery seems certain to feature in tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at the Don Valley Stadium.
The Sheffield United midfielder was an unused substitute during Saturday’s League One defeat by Charlton Athletic.
But with manager Danny Wilson recently insisting that players returning from injury must sharpen their decision-making as well as fitness, Montgomery will enjoy a prominent role against neighbours Rotherham after this weekend’s visit to Preston North End was cancelled due to the Lancastrians’ international commitments.
“We are Sheffield United and we want to win every game,” Montgomery, who damaged his ankle at Yeovil Town in August, said. “We want to win every one regardless of the competition.”
United will now travel to Deepdale on Wednesday October 19, three days after hosting Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane.
Striker Iain Hume is on duty with Canada while Conor McLaughlin received a late call-up to the Northern Ireland squad which faces Estonia in a UEFA 2012 qualifier.
Keammar Daley, who completes Preston’s absent trio, is expected to represent Jamaica against Honduras despite playing only 45 minutes of first-team football this season.
Michael Doyle, who could make way for Montgomery in Wilson’s starting 11, admitted United’s meeting with Andy Scott’s side represents an opportunity to exorcise the ghosts of their profligate display against Charlton.
“We want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible,” he said. “And that’s the next game.
“It should be a good occasion and I’m sure our fans will be turning out in force so we’ll be giving it everything the same as always.
“I can’t think of a bad game to win.”