Injuries to strike trio could force Millwall back into market

© Brian Tonks
© Brian Tonks

A SPATE of injuries to Millwall's forward line could force Steve Lomas back into the transfer market ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

The Lions have lost Steve Morison (hernia), Jermaine Easter (hamstring) and Dany N'Guessan (knee) to injury in the past week, prompting Lomas to bring in former Blackpool frontman Gary Taylor-Fletcher on trial.

Taylor-Fletcher trained with Millwall in the early part of the week but has now moved on, although talks between Lomas and the 32-year-old's representative continue.

Lomas said: "It is a difficult one because I am reluctant to bring people in on short-term deals, but it's something I'll have to look at.

"We didn't expect to be without Steve and Jermaine so early in the season, and now Dany has picked up an injury as well. We've got three strikers out so we'll think about it.

"The problem with signing players short-term is that they're not really ready to go in terms of their fitness. Gary has done a pre-season but you can do all the pre-season you want, what really matters is getting games."

Taylor-Fletcher, who has also trained with Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday this summer, is thought to be looking for at least a one-year contract, but the Lions are over-budget so they may not be in a position to meet his demands.

His agent said: "We are speaking to three or four clubs and I would expect Gary to sign a permanent deal somewhere before the window shuts."

Lomas is still working on the basis that he must move players out before he can bring others in, although it is understood Millwall's board would stretch to sign an exceptional player if one became available.

N'Guessan had been lined up for a move to League One Swindon Town, but his injury has put that move on hold for now.

Robins chairman Jed McCrory said: "We had one that was 99 per cent certain to sign but, due to injuries at their club, we can’t get him in at the moment.

"We are still hopeful we can bring him in in time. We’ve got one we’re talking to currently which, if everyone is agreed on, we hope to bring in before Saturday."

Another fringe player who could be on his way out of The Den is midfielder Josh Wright. His father Mark, who is also his agent, has confirmed the 23-year-old would consider a loan move elsewhere.

"Josh needs to be playing football and if that's not going to be at Millwall, then he'll have to go somewhere else," Wright senior said. "There's no point in him sitting in the stands."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

28 thoughts on “Injuries to strike trio could force Millwall back into market

  • August 29, 2013 at 08:50
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    Well at least it looks promising with regards to letting some players go.
    I agree that we shouldn't be offering one year contracts to players who are really brought in as a stop gap.
    If the board are going to stretch to sign an exceptional player then now is obviously the time. No doubt our scouts have earmarked such a player and recommended him to Lomas given that all his signings were on his own personal get list.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 08:53
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    WHY IS IT EVERY SEASON WE GET INJURIES MORE THAN ANY OTHER CLUB, YEAR AFTER YEAR THIS ALWAYS HAPPENS, & IT SEEMS TO HAPPEN IN TRAINING ALL THE TIME, SHAME THE PLAYRES DON`T GET INJURED IN MATCH TIME IT WOULD SHOW THEY ARE GIVING 110%, I`M SICK OF US BEING A POOR SIDE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP, WE JUST CAN`T SCORE GOALS & OUR DEFENCE IS CRAP, IT WOULDN`T BE A BAD THING IF WE WENT DOWN RATHER THAN US HAVEIG A SEAON WITH FIGURES OF GOALS FOR 20 GOALS AGAINST 200+.

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    • August 30, 2013 at 05:49
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      @mfcjon: I'm no physio etc, but every time I go down to the training ground and watch the players train (which also involves quite full on training games etc) none of the players wear shin guards (and presumably no ankle guards etc)! I've always wondered why this is, but surely it can't help make their injuries suffered in training any less? My kids play football and they aren't allowed to train/play without shin guards etc so why are Millwall footballers any different or sure of not sustaining injuries that could be protected by shin guards and the like?

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  • August 29, 2013 at 09:41
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    I'm not convinced that our scouts are doing their jobs properly cos many of us from our armchairs can identify a 32+ year-old striker with a pedigree. Scouts should be employed to search out young talent that's playing in the lower leagues. I'm beginning to despair of all of this after, what seemed like, a promising, although word only, pre-season.

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    • August 29, 2013 at 10:03
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      Couldn't agree more about the scouting situation @Bolland:
      WTF are they doing? Why aren't we talking to Spurs or even Arsenal about bringing that Afobe back.
      No way should we be giving players like Taylor Fletcher long contracts.
      The most annoying news is that it looks like we're gonna be stuck with DNG.

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      • August 29, 2013 at 10:12
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        @Syd the Lion: I would expect Afobe to still be re-habilitating after his cruciate ligament injury.

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      • August 29, 2013 at 10:23
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        @Syd the Lion: I would prefer DNG to TF anyday of the week, having said that KJ left the scouting set up in a lousy state, at one time Millwall had one of the best in the country. Like all scouting and youth team set ups you get a lot of hangers on and people who think they are scouts but have no idea of looking at the long term potential of a player. (I have some experience of this as being involved in the scouting system of a club for many years)
        Millwall need to look at potential in the lower divsions, there are players out there who can be brought in and may make quality players (witness Teddy Sheringham Phil Walker, Trevor Lee and others)
        SL should be looking to bring in a younger player if there are any rather than someone who at the end of the day has no ambition left.

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        • August 29, 2013 at 10:43
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          @Peckhamlad: Not sure I agree with KJ leaving our scouting set up in a lousy state. TBH, alot football scouts are like football agents, Sh!te!
          This is not directed at you Peckhamlad, but I think KJ has come in for some harch critism on here from a few. Thought KJ used the Loan system very well during his time with us.
          Obviously he bought in a couple of stinkers, but lets not forget the likes of Woods, Puncheon, Townsend and a few other Spurs players...

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          • August 29, 2013 at 12:53
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            @Syd the Lion: Yes KJ did bring in some very good players indeed but where is the young blood? Fred of course and hopefully he may get a run out in the first team at some time. My contention is that the club should be scouring the lower and amateur leagues for players with potential. They are out there.

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        • August 29, 2013 at 11:03
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          Phil Walker & Trever Lee, that brings back memories, my dad was groundsman at MFC then and i used to watch them train and help my dad make the teas at half time.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 10:23
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    The only striker thay can save us is the massiah lol were doomed with this crop of players( i say players tounge in cheek )

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  • August 29, 2013 at 12:14
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    What's happening with billy sharp ? Can't see him getting a game at Southampton now! Marlon king another one ?

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    • August 29, 2013 at 12:56
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      @mfc31:
      Marlon King has a alleged court case for a hit and run (car) though the papers and club say he is injuryed and also very disruptive, but he does score goals but I remember hearing he had the highest offside stat of last season in the league.

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    • August 29, 2013 at 14:55
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      @mfc31: mfc31 The press would have a field day if we signed Marlon King with his past misdemeanours off the pitch, they would rake up old dirt and put a spin on it which would make us look bad as well .

      Billy Sharp different kettle of fish, but would he come down here and more to the point SL has used up all the dosh already on the Millwall vets team he is trying to assemble.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 12:49
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    This is madness. For God's sake, if someone's interested in N'Guessan, then let him go - I don't care if the club has no strikers left. The same goes for Marquis too. We could give these two players 46 games each this season and they still wouldn't get 10 league goals between them.

    We've got two other strikers who are still fit. If there's no-one else, then stick someone else up front (who knows, we night even find a new Stevie Lovell), but please get rid of the deadwood while we can and don't bring in any more crap forwards on loan.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 13:12
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    Marlon King, seriously? A 33yo scumbag, are we that desperate?

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  • August 29, 2013 at 13:33
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    There is no doubt that Lomas has made quality signings in Morison, Chaplow, McDonald and Bailey. He has also taken a gamble on the likes of Martin. I'd love to see one more head turning signing before Monday, either a Chris Wood/Harry Kane type loan up front or similar at centre half (or both). But there shouldn't be any panic as the loan window opens on 8th September until the end of November.

    I just wish Lomas would play as settled a side as injuries will allow and stick to it:

    Forde, Lowry, Robbo, Beevers, Dunne, Henry, Chaplow, Bailey, ANOther, McDonald, Keogh seems to be the consensus of current fit players and this lot should be better than AT LEAST five or six teams in our division.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 13:43
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    Sack the physio?

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    • August 29, 2013 at 13:54
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      @dpendet: Why? Surely you mean the fitness coach?

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      • August 29, 2013 at 14:23
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        @lion.ie: DONT YOU NEAN THE FATNESS COACH LOL

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        • August 29, 2013 at 14:56
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          @mfcjon: Bag of chips anyone

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  • August 29, 2013 at 14:26
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    @lion.ie. fitness coach!! I don't think Steve lomas bothered signing one of them!!!

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  • August 29, 2013 at 14:36
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    Let Flecher go, we need a younger striker with pace and tallent, and that should of been the first permanent sighning we made a goal scorer, 1goal this season from open play. Comon Steve Lomas find us a goal scorer now.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 14:55
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    SOS to Neil Harris, get ya boots on son. We need you.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 15:36
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    Bring back Gary Alexander !

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  • August 29, 2013 at 16:10
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    We can sign every player available & it still doesn't guarantee us a win. I firmly believe we have enough talent in the current squad for a top half finish but our manager needs an education on tactics cos he clearly doesn't have a clue at the moment. Why is Mick Harford here? Surely, using his experience should be SL's main priority. It's just possible that the St Johnstone faithfuls' assertion that it was coach Tommy Wright that drove that club forward last season could well be true. Whatever Lomas's shortcomings are, he has Harford there to help and maybe it's simply down to the players not performing, especially, at the back. However, that said, we're not scoring either, so who knows the way out right now.

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  • August 29, 2013 at 19:52
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    I'm sure it will change, couple of wins and we will be hard to beat from there on.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 09:41
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    it will change we are going to start winning again we are going to come 15 in the league and we r going to have another amazing cup run again

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