Miller close to return

Queensland Roar midfielder Charlie Miller is hoping to return to training as early as this week following surgery on a double hernia last month.

Queensland Roar midfielder Charlie Miller is hoping to return to training as early as this week following surgery on a double hernia last month.

The star import was at training on Monday morning, but only did light jogging and simple passing drills.

"I've been doing a lot of running but this is the first time I've actually kicked the ball. It's a little sore but it'll get there," Miller said.

"Obviously I'm still in pain after the operation but hopefully I'll be fit very soon."

The 32-year-old hasn't played since the Round 14 match against Central Coast, but is hopeful of a return to the starting line-up in the coming weeks.

"I'll just play it by ear ... As soon as possible, as soon as I feel fine. I've still got a bit of pain there so just hopefully that'll go away soon so I can get back playing," he said.

"Hopefully (Roar physio) Tony (Ganter) will let me get onto the field and kick a ball about with the boys this week."

After having enjoyed a relatively injury-free career, Miller has found it very frustrating watching from the stands.

"I've (previously) torn ligaments in my ankle but that's it. I've never had an operation before so that was my first," he said.

"It was fine as operations go but I don't want any more of them."

"I'm not a very good watcher. I just want to get out there and help the team but hopefully that'll be soon."

Miller's absence has allowed Mitch Nichols valuable time in the midfielder and the youngster has produced some eye-catching performances.

While the Scotsman said he had enjoyed watching Nichols explode onto the scene, he played down comparisons to himself.

"He's his own player. He's a good footballer and he's done well for us the last few games," he said.

Queensland travels to Central Coast on Saturday night, needing a win to distance itself from the fifth-placed Phoenix.