MILLWALL boss Neil Harris says it will be a “bonus” if midfielder Jimmy Abdou makes a return to the first team before Christmas.
Abdou had surgery last Thursday to repair the dislocated collarbone he suffered in the fourth minute of the 5-3 defeat to Peterborough on October 3.
The procedure was Abdou’s first ever operation and the 31-year-old is back at Millwall’s training ground where he joins Ed Upson, out after damaging medial knee ligaments in the same game, to begin a period of recuperation.
Harris said: “Jimmy’s sore, but he’s good.
“He’s a big loss for us, but no one’s more frustrated than Jimmy Abdou because he wants to be on that pitch.
“Typical Jimmy, all he wants to do is apologise for not being fit.
“We can’t put a specific timescale on it because of the nature of the injury, it’s a bit different.
“Hopefully from today we’re looking at about 10 or 11 weeks.
“Realistically that’s taking us to round about the Christmas period. If we got Jimmy back around Christmas it would be a good bonus, it would be a good boost.
Meanwhile Harris confirmed that right-back Shaun Cummings should be available for Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture against Swindon at The Den.
Cummings won his third cap for Jamaica in their friendly against South Korea in Seoul on Tuesday and will challenge Carlos Edwards for a place in the Lions side should he return unscathed from the trip.