Injured Millwall trio "unlikely" to return for Charlton derby

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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."

Alex Aldridge


8 thoughts on “Injured Millwall trio "unlikely" to return for Charlton derby

  • April 2, 2015 at 12:21

    Proper sick notes these three, shame as decent players WHEN available for selection

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  • April 2, 2015 at 12:24

    Martin. Seems to be a player people either love or hate. Personally I don't rate him. Bottle job pulls out of tackles and seems to lack end product for me. I know some people thinks he's one of the best players.

    Bailey. Totally underwhelmed with him. He's supposed to be a bit of muscle and an enforcer in midfield but can't keep away from the treatment table. Perhaps he has a thing for one of the nurses who knows. Probably on top wages but has certainly not earned them and I'd like to see him gone. Old school players like Hurlock and Rhino must laugh when they see these so called midfield hardmen. What a joke. I hope he goes this summer my concern is who would possibly want him though?

    Paris. Not too sure about his name but should be one for the future. His lack of weight and presence might increase as he gets older as he's young so hopefully has some more growing to do. Could be a Paul Ifill type player in league one, good on the wing, decent cross and gets on the score sheet every few games.

    Next season could be exciting although I do believe it will be in league one thanks to poor decisions made by the board to let coco loose with finances for so long. It now feels like we have our millwall back and it's time to rebuild. COYL NOLUWDC

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  • April 2, 2015 at 13:05

    So, that's Dunne on the bench then. Probably bring him on with 5 mins to go in case any of their forwards needs shoving into the hoardings.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 14:19

    For the last 3 games people have been bitching on about dunny when he aint even played.the same so called fans that slagged him of when he was a pundit on sky..
    i get it that hes not some peoples cup of tea but is there any point if hes not playing..Get a life ffs

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