MILLWALL have been dealt a fresh injury blow with the news that striker Benik Afobe will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Afobe was forced off 12 minutes into the Lions' 2-0 defeat to Wolves on Tuesday and has been told he faces up to nine months on the sidelines after undergoing a scan.
The 20-year-old is expected to return to parent club Arsenal immediately to begin his rehabilitation and manager Kenny Jackett has wished the England U19 international a speedy recovery.
Jackett told NewsAtDen: "The scan showed cruciate ligament damage and it looks as though he will be ruled out for the rest of this season and part of next season as well. It's very serious for him.
"It's a big blow for the lad, first and foremost, and secondly it's a big blow for ourselves. It was quite an innocuous incident – an awkward landing. He tried to run it off but obviously he couldn't.
"He was on crutches the next day and had a scan straight away. He is a young guy, he will get over it and come back stronger. He's at the right age to be able to overcome this problem.
"Although it will take some time, he will overcome it and come through."
Millwall were only told 48 hours ago that winger James Henry will also miss the rest of the campaign with a ligament injury – and Jackett admits he will now consider bringing in reinforcements.
"We'll have to assess things in terms of our attacking options," he added. "I don't think there will be anyone coming in before the Blackburn game on Sunday, but after that we'll assess it."