A boost for Jamie Proctor as he makes Mansfield trip

Jamie Proctor will continue his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury by featuring in Rotherham’s friendly at Mansfield on Saturday.

The striker has been out of the game since last August when he suffered a cruciate ligament problem but is nearing his return.

He has been training with the Millers squad during pre-season but his game time has been limited to Under-23 action and a brief cameo in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Grimsby last week.

Proctor will not be ready for the start of the new season at Brentford next weekend, but his involvement at Field Mill will be a significant step forward.

“He played 60 minutes against Leeds Under-23s and that is by far the best we have seen him,” boss Paul Warne said.

“He played behind closed doors against Grimsby last week for 15 minutes just to get the demon of playing on that pitch out of his head. He did look a bit nervy but against Leeds he didn’t.

“It helped that he was playing an Under-23s team so he could be a lot more physical. He looked really good and I think he is probably another two or three games away from being in the first team which is really good.

“He is a big part of a close group so I am pleased.

“I need to get more games into him, just keep getting minutes into him.

“He trains and he looks good in training but it’s never the same as playing so he needs games.”

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