Rotherham United set for double fitness boost

Rotherham United could be set for a double fitness boost when they visit MK Dons this weekend.

Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 2:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 5:14 pm
Joe Mattock (left) and Kyle Vassell (right) could both return to action for the Millers this weekend

The Millers are hoping Joe Mattock will be back involved following a back injury while boss Paul Warne could be ready to unleash Kyle Vassell.

Mattock has missed the last three games with his problem, but is expected back in full training this week and could come into contention at Stadium MK.

Vassell has not played since August following hamstring and calf problems but was an unused substitute in Saturday's win over Accrington.

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Warne has been continually impressed with the forward's displays in training and must be tempted to hand him a start.

On Mattock, Warne said: “He says he is feeling a lot better.

"His straight-line running is fine. It's just the whole thing of twisting his upper body which is causing him pain.

"The physios have told me he will train with the group on Tuesday - or Thursday possibly - in time for the MK Dons game."

Warne added of Vassell: “He trained on Thursday and Friday and was pretty amazing to watch.

"He's good in training. He demands a lot from his team-mates, which is good. He needs a bit more fitness work. It's good to have him back.

"Had the Accrington game taken a different turn I'd have brought him on for Crooksy (Matt Crooks)."

The Millers will have to make one change as Chiedozie Ogbene is suspended.

The winger was handed an extremely contentious red card against Stanley after referee Darren Handley adjudged him to have dived and brandished him a second yellow card.

That means the club cannot contest the decision and Ogbene must sit it out.

"Chieo is a very intelligent lad," manager Paul Warne said. "He'll understand that he's pulled himself out of the team for MK Dons and it's next man up.

"If the next person comes in and performs well then Chieo will have to sit and watch until the other person doesn't perform."