NICKY Bailey took part in Millwall training on Monday but will not be rushed back into competitive action, boss Ian Holloway has said.
A string of calf injuries have limited Bailey, who was a key figure in the Lions' survival bid last season to just two appearances since August.
Holloway revealed: "Nicky started training this week but he hasn't played for two or three months. It was a joy to watch him in our session. He did 60 minutes on Monday.
"We're going to have to be very careful. He's had a similar injury that's kept happening so we can't take risks.
"He's a warrior but we've got to hold him back. He's getting a bit frustrated but it was great to see him out there."