LEE Martin, Paris Cowan-Hall and Nicky Bailey are close to returning from injury but Millwall boss Neil Harris will not rush them back prematurely.
That means the trio may not be risked in the south London derby against Charlton tomorrow – although Harris did not categorically rule out Martin and Cowan-Hall.
Bailey was back in full training this week after recovering from a muscle spasm, while Martin (metatarsal) and Cowan-Hall (ankle) are both making good progress.
Harris said: "Nicky is easing back into full training so Charlton might be slightly too soon for him. It's been a bit stop-start for him this season and we're going to be careful.
"We don't want to go mad and rush Nicky back, we've got to be considerate of the fact he's not going to be 100 percent match fit and he's been out for a long time.
"We don't want to set him back because that wouldn't be fair on him. We'll take it one step at a time.
"We're hoping Lee and Paris will make quick recoveries and they're both on the mend.
"Whether they make it for Charlton might be unlikely but we're certainly hoping for the Watford game. They will give us some attacking quality and pace.
"They are two players who are both contracted for next year so we are desperate to get them back involved and get them in the squad.
"That will really give us a boost."
One player who is available for the Addicks clash is club captain Alan Dunne, who has now completed a two-match suspension.
But with Jos Hooiveld and Sid Nelson playing well together at centre back, Dunne may be forced to settle for a spot on the bench.
"Dunney definitely comes back into the thinking," said Harris. "He's a top man.
"He knows the game inside out and throughout his career he's had to fight for everything he's been given.
"He's fought to be a regular in the team and fought for contracts – that's what he does and he keeps doing it.
"Knowing that two lads have been playing well during his suspension won't faze him, he'll force his way back in. He won't be afraid of that challenge."