Frampton: Leaders in Millwall dressing room will step up

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MILLWALL coach Andy Frampton believes the potential absence of Tony Craig with a knee injury is an opportunity for other players to step into the breach and show they have the leadership skills to minimise the effect of the loss of the captain.

The Lions will give an update on the defender’s injury this week after he has seen a knee specialist.

It's an important week in cup competitions for Millwall with AFC Fylde visiting The Den this Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup before Neil Harris' squad travel to Plymouth on Tuesday for their Johnstone's Paint Trophy area quarter-final.

It’s not the first time Craig has had to deal with serious injury, but Frampton believes the Millwall skipper has the character to deal with this latest setback.

Frampton admitted, however, that the former Brentford defender’s leadership in the dressing room will be missed.

He said: “Tony, with the experience he’s got, will be able to cope pretty well with this disappointment. I spoke to him about it (Monday). He’s an important piece of the puzzle at our club and we’re fully in support of what he’ll have to go through.

“We’re going to be here to help him as much as he needs it. With his experience he knows what it’ll take to come back fitter and stronger.

“The main reason for bringing him back was to bring that type of leadership into the group. We have some very good leaders in that group now and they’re going to have to step up and fill the void in the time that Tony is out injured.”

Meanwhile, manager Harris will have to plan without George Saville and Shane Ferguson for the fixture against AFC Fylde. The on-loan pair haven’t been given permission to play in the cup tie by Wolves and Newcastle.

John Kelly

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