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Luciano Becchio could feature for Rotherham United again

5 December 2014

Injured striker Luciano Becchio could feature for Rotherham United again, according to boss Steve Evans.

The on-loan Norwich City man suffered a broken heel during a practice match just weeks into a four-month loan with the Millers and is currently receiving treatment at Carrow Road.

Becchio tweeted earlier this week that if everything goes to plan with his recovery he will be able to play before January, meaning the Millers could have him at their disposal before the end of his loan.

"Perhaps. he's contractually with us, I think, until the first week in January," Evans said when asked whether he could pull on the Millers shirt again.

"So the agreement when he went back to Norwich for his treatment and rehabilitation - and the reason for that is the facilities and medical help that they can give him - was that we'd speak in the middle of next week.

"We'll speak first to the medical team at Norwich to see whether they're giving him the green light, and if they are I can assure people he'll be back.

"We'd just seen him starting to get in a position where he could get two goals in three games, and he missed a couple as well.

"You need to be fit to play here. It's the first criteria. A lot of clubs have it.

"A lot of clubs also have the criteria that unless you're in the 17/18 main group they forget about you. We don't forget about players."

Becchio's return before the new year could give potential for the deal to be extended beyond January, but Evans insists that will only happen if the Argentinean is fit.

"We'd need to look at how hard we had to work to get Luciano fit in the first place," the boss added.

"We'd have to send our medical team down there or he'd have to come up here and we'd need to look at that.

"With the benefit of hindsight, we wouldn't want to sign someone where it takes five or six weeks to get them fit, and that's what we had to do with Luciano.

"We only really started to see the Luciano from Leeds United at the back end of our time with him.

"Gone are the days when you think you can turn a footballer around in a week and get him fit.

"It does take you four of five weeks. If you think you can just run them up and down hills for two weeks and they're fit, it's the opposite to that because of the care that their bodies need.

"The shame of it all is that the day he got hurt, the game at Wigan, was to get him further there.

"It was for no other player, only for him.

"He was unchallenged and on his own turning, so that's what made it even harder to take at the time.

"He was just starting to become a big player for us and big personality for our supporters to grab on to as well."

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