JERMAINE Easter will miss Millwall's Championship clash with Derby County on Saturday because a thigh problem.
The Lions say that Easter, 32, picked up in the injury while on international duty with the Wales squad this week. No timescale has been given for his recovery.
Meanwhile, physio Bobby Bacic says the club's medical department is taking extra steps to ensure players are not over-worked during the hectic run-in.
He said: "We're being sensible.
"The majority of the squad trains fully most days, but we monitor training loads with heart monitors and get feedback from the players after each session.
"You can also never underestimate the intuition of a coach – if they say someone looks a bit leggy, more often than not our data will back that up.
"Sometimes players who have had previous injuries or operations will sit out from time to time if they're feeling tight. A lot of it is common sense.
"We have got lots of games and some long trips coming up, so we have to plan ahead and be careful.
"I suppose we keep a closer eye on the older players in the group because they've had more wear and tear, but you can flip it the other way as well.
"Some of the younger players are not battle hardened yet."
Bacic also provided an update on the fitness of Nicky Bailey, who is making steady progress in his recovery from a back injury.
"Nicky saw a specialist on Wednesday and he was happy with the progress so far, but you have to be cautious with any back injury," Bacic said.
"The next stage will be to increase his work load with one eye on going back outside, but we haven't put a timeline on that."