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SWINDON TOWN: Miller excited by Roberts' return
TOMMY Miller thinks Gary Roberts’ impending return from injury will be a huge moment in Swindon Town’s season.
Roberts, who the Advertiser understands is still a fortnight away from a return to full fitness as he recovers from a lower leg problem, has yet to make his debut for the Robins since arriving in Wiltshire from Huddersfield over the summer.
Miller played with the winger at Huddersfield and Ipswich, and the 33-year-old knows exactly what Roberts can offer Town when he is fit and available.
“Gary Roberts has been coming on very well. He’s a key player,” he told the Advertiser.
“He did very well for Huddersfield over the years, a great crosser of the ball so it will give us a big boost to have him back in the squad and back on the training pitch.
“It adds to the squad. The squad’s a big squad as it is and there’s competition for places and everyone’s got to be on their toes mentally and physically because the manager’s not afraid to change players if we don’t perform.
“He can quite easily change six or seven players to we have to be on guard and we’ve got to start on Saturday getting back to winning ways, getting a positive result and a positive performance.”
With Matt Ritchie and James Collins returning to the matchday squad for the home defeat to Leyton Orient last weekend, and Troy Archibald-Henville closing in on a first-team comeback after his knee injury, Swindon are almost back to full strength as they bid to end a three-match losing streak at Carlisle on Saturday.
The Robins suffered a similar fate at the start of last season, when they lost four of their first five league matches under Paolo Di Canio, but Miller revealed the Italian is using the experiences of 12 months ago to haul his team out of their current slump.
“We’ve spoken about that. The manager went over things, what happened last season in a similar sort of period and they put things right then,” he said, “They worked on things on the training ground and that’s what we’re going to be doing this week - working hard and getting back to basics and I’m sure it will come right again.”