Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has hinted at a potential second loan spell for striker Luciano Becchio.
Time has run out for the injured hitman to regain fitness before he becomes parent club Norwich City’s player again.
But Evans says there is a possibility Becchio could return to New York Stadium in the new year.
“He’s back in training at Norwich. Is he going to be back before his loan finishes? No, because that’s in just over a week’s time, the beginning of January,” the Millers manager said.
“But would I rule out Luciano coming back here? No, I wouldn’t.
“We just have to wait and see what January brings. I think every team needs a player who can put the ball in the net.”
Becchio had just returned to full fitness and had scored twice in three games when he fractured his heel in a training match.
Rotherham are already making attempts to keep loan quartet Tom Lawrence, Reece James, Emmanuel Ledesma and Scott Wootton who have been so influential in the clubs new pass-and-move style of play.
“Paul Douglas (chief operating officer) is having those chats now. with each and every one of their clubs,” Evans said. “We’d like to keep each of them but we’re very mindful that these decisions lie first and foremost with the parent clubs. I know for a fact that each one of the those players would like to stay and extend their time with the club.”
This afternoon the Millers are at Wigan Athletic, who are below them in the Championship table and have yet to win under new boss Malky Mackay.
Evans said: ““I think they’ve got some real talent. They’ve now got a guy who I grow up with in Glasgow, a really good guy in Malky Mackay. I think Wigan will finish in the top half of the table.”
On the injury front, striker Matt Derbyshire is fit again, but right-back Frazer Richardson is out until early next week.
Centre-half Richard Wood returns to full training on Monday, but midfielder Anthony Wordsworth remains injured.
Centre-half Kirk Broadfoot is targeting the FA Cup tie with Bournemouth on January 3 as a comeback date.