Rotherham United captain Lee Frecklington is on the comeback trail for Rotherham United.
The midfielder will miss Saturday’s home Championship clash against Brentford because of a calf complaint, but is about to step up his recovery.
“Frecks will start training in the early part of next week,” boss Alan Stubbs confirmed.
The Millers manager can’t wait to have the 30-year-old at his disposal again. Frecklington limped out of the 2-2 opening-day draw with Wolves and has since sat out defeats against Morecambe, Aston Villa and Brighton.
“Frecks, when you look at our first game against Wolves, was influential in us getting ourselves into a good position,” Stubb said.
“It didn’t help when he went off.
“We have missed him. The most important thing is that we try to get to the bottom of the problem because it’s not the first time he’s had a calf injury. It’s important we try to prevent this being a recurring injury.
“Ideally, you want a settled team. We’ve had a lot of disruption. We haven’t been able to name an unchanged team.”
Rotherham don’t expect any of their injured men to be back for Saturday, although centre-half Kirk Broadfoot, who has a nerve issue in his back, hasn’t been ruled out.
“It’s 50:50 with Broady,” Stubbs revealed. “Greg Halford (groin strain) is still potentially 10 days away. Joe Newell (ankle surgery) is getting closer. He’ll have a week of full training next week and that will put him right to come back into the squad.”