KENNY Jackett believes midfielder Liam Trotter will come back "fresher, stronger and with a point to prove" after being dropped against Middlesbrough.
Trotter, who has played in 29 of Millwall's 33 Championship fixtures so far this season, was named on the bench ahead of the 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium last weekend.
And while the 24-year-old is expected to be left out again when the Lions travel to Yorkshire to face Leeds United on Saturday, Jackett is backing him to bounce back.
"Liam trained very well this week and I think he'll come back stronger," Jackett told NewsAtDen. "It is probably the first time he has been left out in three years, which is quite unusual for any player.
"That's how well he's done. I think he'll be back fresher, stronger and with a point to prove. I do not think he was burning out but there's something about a player's freshness that's hard to explain.
"Emotional energy is a really big thing. There is something in that area that the top players have the ability to bounce back from and I fully expect Liam to take stock and go again."
Jackett, however, says Trotter could return at any time and insists there is no plan to rest the former Ipswich man. He added: "There is no plan for any player beyond our game at Elland Road
"I assess the team before every single game, so who is in the best XI changes each week. We will see how things go at Leeds because we could change things around against Wolves or Blackburn.
"If you do plan, the chances are that it will change anyway pretty quickly."