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Scott Kerr chance of York City return against Rotherham
11:03am Thursday 4th October 2012 in Sport
GARY MILLS hasn’t ruled out Scott Kerr playing a part in Saturday’s League Two clash against Rotherham, writes Steve Carroll.
The 30-year-old midfielder made his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury at York City’s Wigginton Road training ground yesterday – playing just over an hour as the Minstermen beat a Newcastle United Reserve side 3-1.
Kerr, who hasn’t donned a City shirt since getting injured in the second leg of the FA Trophy semi-final at Luton in March, looked assured in his familiar midfield berth despite some initial rustiness.And manager Mills, who was delighted with the former Scarborough and Lincoln player’s display, said Kerr might feature against the Millers at the weekend as his side look to get back to winning ways at Bootham Crescent following their 2-0 loss to Fleetwood on Tuesday night.
“I thought for the 60 minutes he was excellent,” he said. “It was the player we know and he will be glad of the hour. He was moaning when he had to come off and that’s a good sign. He has done really well.
“It’s one step at a time but we have seen glimpses of Kerr in that game there and it’s games like this that will get him fit.
“It’s all right training but it’s the closing down and the sharpness that you get in games that will get him back to where we want him to get to.”
Before the match, Mills said: “If I feel it’s right to play him on Saturday, I will play him. He’s that type of character. If he wasn’t right, he would tell me because he is honest as the day is long.
“What he is telling me is, ‘Don’t rule me out for Saturday,’ so that tells me how confident he is feeling about his injury, how he has got over it, and how hard he has worked to get over it.
“I think we have missed him. Even though we have done well, and look how well we did at the back end of last season without him and how well we have done this season, I feel we are better with him. His type don’t come along too often.
“He organises. Maybe I needed him in the dressing room on Tuesday night when we were 1-0 down having played so well.
“There was a little bit of disappointment at half-time that we were 1-0 down but you have to stay positive and keep believing.
“With people like Scott Kerr around, that belief is always there. He is a pure winner. All I will say is that the quicker I can get him back the better and if that is this Saturday then great.”