Rotherham United fans will get their first glimpse of new centre-half Kelvin Wilson tonight.
The defender is working on his fitness after signing a one-year deal last week and manager Alan Stubbs intends to use him in this evening’s home EFL Cup first-round tie against League Two Morecambe.
“I think for him to play 90 minutes would probably be a big ask right now,” the boss said. “He will certainly play part of the game.”
Midfield man Lee Frecklington and left-back Jow Mattock will miss out with calf and knee injuries respectively, while central defender Kirk Broadfoot needs an injection for a “managed” back condition and is likely to be saved for the weekend trip to Villa Park.
Stubbs, who is hoping to make two more signings for the Championship Millers this week, wants to give another new boy, Scott Allan, an extended run-out and plans to name the best line-up he can.
“I would never disrespect any competition I am in,” he said. “You’re not going to see an under-21 side or all the fringe players turning out. The team that I put out will be the strongest one I have available.
“I think Scotty will come into the fold. It would be good to get some more minutes into him. He’s had some playing time at Celtic in pre-season so he’s not behind the players in terms of match fitness. It’ll be good to get him on the grass, get him some playing time and integrating with the players.”
Midfielder Joe Newell, who underwent ankle surgery at the end of last season, remains on course for an end-of-August return.
“Joe’s doing well,” Stubbs confirmed. “He’s on schedule.”
Meanwhile, the boss hailed the impact of midfielder Will Vaulks who marked his debut with a man-of-the-match display against Wolves and scored with a stunning 25-yard volley.
“Will doesn’t look out of place,” Stubbs said. “I’ve actually seen him score better goals than the one he got on Saturday.
“Wolves are a strong team. They’ve got some very, very talented players within their group and Will at times in the first half was controlling the game.”