PARIS Cowan-Hall has been "devastated" by his injury blow but Ian Holloway says the winger will go on to be an important player for Millwall in the future.
Cowan-Hall, who suffered a hairline fracture of his tibia and knee ligament damage during his debut against Reading last week, might not play again this season.
The 24-year-old only joined the Lions from Wycombe at the start of the month and his 45-minute cameo on Tuesday was his first appearance after a minor calf strain.
But he is now set for a much longer spell on the sidelines – and a specialist could yet determine that Cowan-Hall requires surgery.
Speaking after Saturday's victory over Nottingham Forest, Holloway said: "Paris is going to be a fantastic player for us, without a shadow of a doubt.
"We've got to help him get his chin up and hopefully he'll be pleased after this result.
"I want to get him fit again and for us to still be a Championship side. That's what will really cheer him up. He'll get his injury looked at properly and be a great player for us.
"We're all determined to make sure we're still in this division by the time he's fit again – that might be before the end of the season but we'll get a second opinion.
"We have to get it right for him because he's a wonderful kid and I'm still very excited about his future with us.
"Long-term the boy is going to be a really good Millwall player and he showed that the other evening. He's only played 45 minutes for us but suffered a really unusual injury in a tackle.
"Luckily it's not as bad as it could have been but he's devastated. We all care about and feel for him."
Cowan-Hall was due to start against Forest until a scan confirmed Millwall's worst fears about his knee.
And Lee Martin, who was drafted into Holloway's line up as a result, was then forced off after 15 minutes with sore ribs and taken to hospital for an x-ray.
"Hopefully Lee will be okay but he might have bust some ribs," added Holloway.
"We're not having the most luck in the world but we've got to deal with that. Hopefully I can muster up some more signings."