Preview: Burnley vs. Millwall

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MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett will have to shuffle his pack for his side's crucial match against Burnley following a spate of fresh injuries.

Jack Smith and Liam Trotter are unavailable to face the Clarets after picking up injuries in training this week, whilst defender Alan Dunne is also a doubt.

Midfield talisman Trotter has been ruled out for two weeks with a minor muscle tear, whilst Smith could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a suspected broken jaw.

Right-back Dunne, injured following an innocuous aerial clash with Smith, required stitches to a head wound and is rated as 50-50 for Saturday’s fixture.

Should Dunne fail to be passed fit, the Lions would be left with just young Connor Mclaren, who has yet to make a first-team appearance, as their only recognised right-back ahead of their trip to Lancashire.

However, Scott Barron would be the likely candidate to step-in, having played on the right side of defence in Millwall's 2010 play-off victory over Swindon.

Trotter’s absence could prompt a return to the starting eleven for midfielder Jimmy Abdou, who inspired a much-improved second-half display against Middlesbrough on Tuesday after coming on as a substitute at half-time.

Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall is expected to miss out again due to an ankle injury, meaning Republic of Ireland international David Forde will retain his starting place from midweek.

Burnley will be unable to call upon Millwall loanee Josh McQuoid, who is ineligible to face the Lions having joined the Clarets in January.

However, Burnley manager Eddie Howe is boosted by the return to fitness of strikers Martin Paterson and Danny Ings, who both made reserve appearances in midweek as they continue to overcome hamstring and knee injuries respectively.

Both players are expected to be involved as the play-off chasing Clarets look to maintain an impressive recent home record which has seen them lose just once in their last seven matches. Burnley will, however, be without former West Ham winger Junior Stanislas, who remains sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Winger Keith Treacy will be pushing for a recall to the match-day squad following his absence from last Friday’s 1-0 away defeat to Reading.

The Lions will be looking to maintain their improved recent away form, which has seen them lose just once in their last five fixtures on the road.

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