Football - Nardiello set to start

Rotherham striker Daniel Nardiello is expected to return to the starting line-up at Rochdale following his double against Accrington on Saturday.

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Nardiello was dropped to the substitutes' bench against Accrington, but was introduced early in the second half and quickly scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season in the Millers' 4-1 win.

Manager Steve Evans said he opted to start with Nardiello and midfielder Ben Pringle on the bench because of their lacklustre displays in the Boxing Day defeat to Port Vale. Pringle was an unused substitute on Saturday.

Skipper Ian Sharps, who has spent the last two games as an unused replacement following his return from suspension, is pushing for a recall.

Midfielders Dale Tonge (ankle/knee), David Noble (ankle) and Lionel Ainsworth (shoulder) are not ready, but hope to appear in a reserve-team game next week.

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