Preview: Millwall vs. Leeds

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MILLWALL welcome Leeds United to The Den on Saturday sweating on the fitness of winger James Henry, who is struggling with a calf injury.

Henry, who was substituted in the second-half of Tuesday’s 3-0 away win at Doncaster Rovers, had initially been troubled by the knock in the home defeat to Southampton last weekend and was unable to train before the victory at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Providing Henry is passed fit, manager Kenny Jackett is expected to name an unchanged line-up.

The Lions are boosted by the news that goalkeeper Maik Taylor will be eligible to play against his parent club. Taylor, who is on loan from Leeds, has been granted permission to be involved in Saturday’s fixture and should retain his starting position following a clean sheet in midweek.

Steve Mildenhall continues his comeback from a troublesome ankle injury, but defender Shane Lowry could return to the Millwall squad as he nears a return to first-team action. Lowry has been unavailable for the last four matches as a result of an ankle injury sustained in the 2-1 home defeat to Reading earlier this month.

On-loan Sheffield United midfielder Nick Montgomery is expected to retain his place among the substitutes in light of Liam Trotter’s continued absence. Trotter is thought to be at least two weeks away from involvement in the first-team picture as he nurses a thigh injury.

Leeds appear unlikely to make many changes despite their 7-3 home defeat to Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Whites manager Neil Warnock has already indicated his intention to stick with the same eleven that were selected in midweek.

Leeds are, however, sweating over the fitness of duo Luciano Becchio and Adam Clayton, who have been carrying knocks in recent weeks. The pair will be assessed ahead of kick-off tomorrow.

Attacking trio Danny Webber, Billy Paynter and Mikael Forssell are all pushing for places in the starting eleven.Defensive pair Alex Bruce and Leigh Bromby could return to United's match-day squad as they both near a return to full fitness.

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