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Neil Redfearn keeping his cards close to his chest over fitness of key duo for Huddersfield clash

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn is keeping the fitness of defender Stephen Kelly and forward Danny Ward under wraps ahead of Tuesday's visit to Huddersfield.

Kelly has missed the last two games with a calf injury while Ward was absent at Blackburn with a shin problem, but both men are on the comeback trail.

Boss Redfearn suggested that the John Smith's Stadium clash could be their likely return date, but he would not confirm and hinted he would not take any risks if their fitness was in doubt.

"We've got one or two knocks," Redfearn said. "I don't want to disclose them now as we're close to the game. 

"The majority of the lads who have had bumps or knocks are not far off being fit. Whether that's for Huddersfield or for Saturday, we'll have to wait and see. 

"What I don't want is to get them back for one game, 60 minutes, and then lose them for four or five weeks. It's important that when they're back, they're back. 

"Stephen Kelly and Danny Ward are important to us. If we can get them fit and get them out there playing for us, it will be a big plus."

One player that the Millers will be able to call on is striker Leon Best, who has served his three-match ban for the red card that came 73 minutes into his debut at Leeds.

His performance prior to the dismissal means that he has been a big miss for the Millers, particularly in their last two games where they could not reward domination with goals.

That puts a lot of pressure on Best on his return and Redfearn is not downplaying his importance.

"Leon Best gives us experience up front," he added. "He leads the line and he's somebody perhaps the club hasn't had in recent times. 

"We've had young strikers, we've had an experienced striker in Derbs who plays off the shoulder, but we've not really had a focal one we can go into who is experienced. 

"That's what Leon is for us. He's going to be important for us."

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