Grant McCann was delighted to see Jon Taylor and George Miller back out on the pitch during Rovers’ friendly with York City.
Taylor collected his first match minutes since suffering a knee injury on Boxing Day, coming off the bench for the final 30 minutes at the LNER Community Stadium.
Miller had missed the pre-season training camp in Scotland due to injury but received positive news at the weekend and was passed fit to play.
“George trained for one day after having the issue with his knee and Jon, it’s tremendous to see him back out there because I know it’s been a long time,” McCann said. “I’m delighted for him.
“He looked sharp out there and we probably just didn’t get the ball into him enough to let people see what he’s about.”
McCann confirmed that Tom Anderson and Liam Ravenhill have both returned to training as they continue their recoveries from injuries suffered in the later stages of last season.
Rovers slipped to a 1-0 defeat at York and McCann said the performance provided valuable insight into the current standing of his team.
“We’ve done quite a lot of work but we’re still a long way from where we want to be and it’s going to take a bit of time,” he said.
“These games are good for me, Cliff [Byrne] and the staff because they give us the opportunity to look a people in certain situations, try to get the blend right in certain areas.
“But it also gave us the chance to look at the lads coming on for 30 minutes. Who are the ones that can make an impact on the game coming off the bench?
“It was a bit of an eye-opener for us. It was a good test. York are a good team that has invested.
“But it was a disappointing night for me. I thought we were well below where we can be.”