Injured Millwall trio likely to miss start of pre-season

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NEIL Harris isn’t putting a timescale on Carlos Edwards’ return to first-team training but says he's looking forward to having the defender back in the dressing room.

The Lions boss admits Edwards’ leadership qualities were missed after the defender's knee injury last season.

Millwall won just one of their next 12 games after the Trinidad and Tobago international was stretchered off in the 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Den last September.

“Carlos is doing well,” Harris said. “He’s working extremely hard. The medical staff are really happy with his progress but he’s got a long way to go. He’s got a tough six or eight weeks in front of him to get back in with the group.

“There was a downturn in fortunes on the pitch last year when Carlos got injured.

“He leads in the dressing room and in and around the building as well. He’s good to have around and at the moment he’s coming in and working hard.

“We’re just keeping tabs on that at the moment.

“Again, Carlos knows he’ll be given the opportunity to get fit and play again. If he can do that after a really nasty injury we’ll take things from there.

“At the moment there’s no pressure either way, he’s just concentrating on getting back to full fitness again.”

Meanwhile, Shaun Williams and Jamie Philpot are unlikely to recover from their injuries in time for the start of pre-season training.

Williams suffered an impact fracture to his foot in the 2-0 win over Wigan in April, while Philpot had successful surgery in May on the knee injury he picked up eight minutes into his debut in the last-day defeat to Wolves.

“It’s a frustrating one really,” Harris added. “There’s not a lot that Shaun can really do apart from wear the protective boot.

“The damage he did at the front of the foot is just going to have to heal naturally. He’s just ticking along at the moment, he’s away with the family and when he comes back he’ll have more treatment to get him back in pre-season as quickly as possible.

“Jamie’s progressing nicely, he’s still got protection around his knee that restricts his movement for healing purposes and to prevent more damage. He’s working really hard but he’s not going to be ready for the start of pre-season.

“Hopefully towards the end of pre-season he’ll be able to step things up and won’t be too far behind the rest of the boys once the season starts.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

17 thoughts on “Injured Millwall trio likely to miss start of pre-season

  • June 12, 2015 at 14:11
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    I wish them all a speedy recovery. Carlos is getting on but could still do a role next season. Must be hard for Jamie philpot after just breaking in the team. All 3 back fit and strong by Christmas will do very nicely indeed.

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  • June 12, 2015 at 14:40
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    Best of luck Carlos cant wait 4 u 2 be out on the pitch EdwardsCOYL NOLU, WDC

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  • June 12, 2015 at 15:03
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    In my opinion, if carlos gets back to fitness its a no brainer.. Right back is his position. His experience will spread across the back line. Im not sure we've had nelson and edwards play together yet?

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  • June 12, 2015 at 15:54
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    We need leaders on the pitch. You need this type of person as a bridge from the players to the coaching staff/management as much as people like Framps and others others will 'work' the other way round.

    With a young squad, a few reliable, more experienced pros who've seen it all are just the blend that's required.

    He's positive and tuned in to the Millwall way of doing things.

    Give him time to heal. Bring him in gently cos he's going to give 100% and in Div 1 they don't hostages. Then he'll be a real asset. IH's loss could be NH's gain.

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    • June 12, 2015 at 19:47
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      @kitch: on the pitch and in the dressing room around the youngsters CE will have a big impact on the team, can easily see him doing a Richard Shaw role, when he hangs up his boots......... But not yet Carlos

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  • June 12, 2015 at 16:26
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    I'm confused, didn't we just release Carlos as a player? Are we going to sign him again?

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    • June 12, 2015 at 16:37
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      @beedoscores: I think Carlos has been given a chance to prove he can get fit if not then realesed I hope he stays

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    • June 12, 2015 at 16:41
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      @beedoscores: Good point. That's what they said. There's clearly good feeling towards him and he's giving off the same vibes. In fairness to all parties, it will need to be resolved. A one year contract and then possibly a coaching role with us? He gave more to the team last season by his tweets than some of the players on the pitch ....(who said that??;-))

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  • June 12, 2015 at 17:56
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    Good to Edwards is still about,when fit hopefully he can be the same player cause he would do a job in L1.

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  • June 12, 2015 at 18:10
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    Slightly different subject,has any of the players we have let go signed for another Club yet ?

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    • June 12, 2015 at 23:04
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      @Longfield Lion: I've heard that Forde is going to Fulham but there is a problem with the length of contract. Dunne is being sounded out at Ipswich but only as a squad member on a one year contract. As for the others, no news- though I did hear that Shittu is retiring but can't confirm that.

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  • June 13, 2015 at 00:52
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    Edwards fit with the youngsters, Win the league.

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      • June 13, 2015 at 14:12
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        @thecolumbusblock: marquis-20 goals obrien 15- gregory 25 lol Fred 15 goals a little optimistic maybe but not impossible I'm more worried about how many we leak

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  • June 14, 2015 at 21:09
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    a bit of extra money wouldn't go amiss

    http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/GTFC/?search=football&bgresponse=&x=0&y=0

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