Preview: Millwall vs. Preston North End

© Nicky Hayes
© Nicky Hayes

MILLWALL are boosted by the availability of Danny Shittu and Adam Smith for their FA Cup third round tie against Preston North End at The Den.

The Nigerian Football Federation has given permission for Shittu to play ahead of the African Cup of Nations, while Smith's parent club Tottenham have approved his involvement.

The Lions also welcome back Scott Malone, who has recovered from the back injury he sustained against Cardiff City last month.

Midfielder Tamika Mkandawire could be in line for his first appearance for Millwall since November 2011 after returning from a successful loan spell at League Two high-flyers Southend.

Forward Danny N’Guessan will be looking to add to his first Lions goal of the season, while striker John Marquis could also be set for a run out after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

Striker Andy Keogh is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from a broken toe.  Winger Chris Taylor (knee) is still unavailable while Paul Robinson (pelvis) remains sidelined.

Preston travel to South London struggling with a serious injury crisis. Only 13 players were available to train on Thursday after a spate of injuries.

Bailey Wright (concussion), David Buchanan (knock), Lee Trundle (hamstring), Keith Keane (knee), Scott Laird (broken leg), Paul Huntington (hamstring) are all Lee Holmes (groin) ruled out.

One time Lions target Scott Beavon will lead the line for the Lilywhites having overcome a hip injury to play in midweek, but Anthony Elding has returned to Grimsby after his loan spell.

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