Millwall winger in fitness race ahead of FA Cup semi-final

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© David Scriven

JAMES Henry is touch-and-go to face Wigan at Wembley in Millwall's FA Cup semi-final next month, manager Kenny Jackett has revealed.

Henry is in a race against the clock to be involved against the Latics on April 13 after a surgeon ruled that his knee ligament injury is not as serious as first feared.

The 23-year-old was initially told he would miss the remainder of the season but is now targeting a return to action just in time for the Lions' last-four tie at the national stadium.

When asked whether Henry would be fit, Jackett told NewsAtDen: "I think if you asked him, he would say 'yes' but I don't know. It will be very close, so I'd say it's doubtful.

"It will be around about that time that he'll be fit again so we shall see. If it does happen and he gets enough training in it will be a nice surprise.

"It looks more of a 'no' than a 'yes' but sometimes people can have a few good weeks and you just never know – he could make it but we're not sure at present."

But Jackett is confident that Henry, who also missed both of Millwall's League One play-off finals at Wembley in 2009 and 2010, will return before the end of the campaign.

"It does look like James will play some part in the season," he said. "There's no reason why he can't play in the last fortnight and finish off what has been a very good season for him.

"He's very keen to do that. He wants to get back and finish in the manner he has played all year."

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14 thoughts on “Millwall winger in fitness race ahead of FA Cup semi-final

  • March 22, 2013 at 10:13
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    No need to rush him, we'll be ok either way.Lets learn our lessons of the past. He's an important player and upto this point he's my player of the season. What happens if we beat Wigan and he does himself In again? he'll miss out on yet another final. As good as he is, I think we can get the league points to stay up and beat Wigan while he gets himself fit for the last 4/5 gamesthe and the final. Those that are fit owe it to him to keep this little bit of form going.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 10:18
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    Don't think we will beat Wigan either with him or without. I realise playing at wembly is special but its not worth risking our best player if he ain't 100%

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  • March 22, 2013 at 10:35
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    We didn't seem to miss him in the last couple of games - so no rush!

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  • March 22, 2013 at 11:18
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    We are missing Henry at the moment, the home tie against Blackburn we did create quite a few chances but as the home team you should always have chances in matches. However in the replay, I think we had only one shot on target (the goal) and at Charlton last Saturday before we actually took the lead, I didn't think we looked like creating a decent chance to score. I wouldn't want to rush Henry back as he is important in the long term but I would be gutted for him if he couldn't make another Wembley appearance.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 12:09
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    He is one of the most important players for millwall at the moment, having him against Wigan will be a huge bonus. It'd be ashame for him to miss playing at wembley again

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  • March 22, 2013 at 12:29
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    I know it must be hard for him but I really hope he doesn't try and rush back for the sake of a few minutes at Wembley. A player of his calibre will get other opportunities I'm sure.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 14:03
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    Would be good to see him back sooner rather than later, BUT Shane Lowery is taking the free kicks from now on!

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  • March 22, 2013 at 17:15
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    Henry is A MASSIVE loss to us. The only one who can create something out of nothing and turn a game, best set piece taker at the club also. We look a million times better when he plays but I sadly think he will be off at the end of the season I think he is too good for us.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 19:01
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    He has finally dealt with that old chestnut of 'consistency', he is now CONSISTANTLY our best player and is gettng better every game he plays. I would love to see him in our Wembley squad but totally agree that we have to rememebr that in his early career he was plagued with injuries so let's make sure he is not rushed back in and gives us a another good season next year.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 19:17
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    Henry quality hope he cane get fit, even to get 2o minutes at Wembley he deserves it best player all season, between him and Shittu

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  • March 23, 2013 at 16:50
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    Couldn't agree more mewall62. He deserves a run out at least, especially after the way he has handled himself this season and missing out last time we were at Wembley. Be nice to see him get an appearence at least.

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