Rotherham United: Green back but who plays up front?

Paul Green
Paul Green

Midfielder Paul Green is definitely back for Rotherham United ... but boss Steve Evans is being far less forthcoming about his frontline tomorrow.

Key man Green has recoevered from injury and will feature at AFC Bournemouth, the Millers manager confirmed.

However, supporters must wait to discover whether new strikers Luciano Becchio and record signing Jonson Clarke-Harris have made the starting line-up.

“We’re tempted to throw in the two new strikers but we have to be looking at everything in the mix,” Evans said. “We have to be looking at who’s impressed in the games so far, who knows exactly the way we want to play, who knows how we play and, more importantly, what they’ve done in the closed-door game and what they’ve done on the training ground.

“There is a lot of good competition in a lot of areas of the team. We’d like it to be a little bit stronger in some. But it’s good in the main parts.

The Millers played a private friendly against Chesterfield in midweek, winning 4-2, and Green cemented his return this weekend with a half-hour performance his manager described as “stunning”.

“Paul Green, will he come back into the shape? Yes he will,” he said.

“He was our best player early in the season, simple as that, and he’s been stunning in training and stunning for half an hour in a match against Chesterfield behind closed doors on Tuesday.

“Training this week shows there are no adverse effects for Paul.

“His injury has been only two or three weeks in reality when we all feared it could have been much worse after that challenge on him against Watford.

“It should have been a red card. Greeny has recovered really well from it. He’s been back training for nine or 10 days.”

Becchio and Clark-Harris, after deadline-day moves, have had their first full week of Millers training.

“Luciano is not at the fitness and sharpness levels we’d like him to be at,” Evans said. “That certainly doesn’t mean he’s not going to start on Saturday.

“We like to think we increase the fitness and sharpness levels of every player we sign. He’s already demonstrated, very early in his week with us, that he’s a goalscorer, that he can hold the play up, that he can bring people into play. He’s everything we know from his days at Leeds.”

Left-back Mat Sadler has joined old club Crawley Town on a month’s loan.