NEIL Harris isn’t putting a timescale on Carlos Edwards’ return to first-team training but says he's looking forward to having the defender back in the dressing room.
The Lions boss admits Edwards’ leadership qualities were missed after the defender's knee injury last season.
Millwall won just one of their next 12 games after the Trinidad and Tobago international was stretchered off in the 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Den last September.
“Carlos is doing well,” Harris said. “He’s working extremely hard. The medical staff are really happy with his progress but he’s got a long way to go. He’s got a tough six or eight weeks in front of him to get back in with the group.
“There was a downturn in fortunes on the pitch last year when Carlos got injured.
“He leads in the dressing room and in and around the building as well. He’s good to have around and at the moment he’s coming in and working hard.
“We’re just keeping tabs on that at the moment.
“Again, Carlos knows he’ll be given the opportunity to get fit and play again. If he can do that after a really nasty injury we’ll take things from there.
“At the moment there’s no pressure either way, he’s just concentrating on getting back to full fitness again.”
Meanwhile, Shaun Williams and Jamie Philpot are unlikely to recover from their injuries in time for the start of pre-season training.
Williams suffered an impact fracture to his foot in the 2-0 win over Wigan in April, while Philpot had successful surgery in May on the knee injury he picked up eight minutes into his debut in the last-day defeat to Wolves.
“It’s a frustrating one really,” Harris added. “There’s not a lot that Shaun can really do apart from wear the protective boot.
“The damage he did at the front of the foot is just going to have to heal naturally. He’s just ticking along at the moment, he’s away with the family and when he comes back he’ll have more treatment to get him back in pre-season as quickly as possible.
“Jamie’s progressing nicely, he’s still got protection around his knee that restricts his movement for healing purposes and to prevent more damage. He’s working really hard but he’s not going to be ready for the start of pre-season.
“Hopefully towards the end of pre-season he’ll be able to step things up and won’t be too far behind the rest of the boys once the season starts.”