MILLWALL have been dealt a huge blow with the confirmation that Tony Craig has sustained lateral ligament and hamstring tendon damage.
Club captain Craig suffered the injury in a block tackle on Bradford striker James Hanson during the 0-0 draw with the Bantams on Saturday and a scan yesterday confirmed the extent of the damage.
The news is a big setback to Millwall boss Neil Harris who has seen his side develop a defensive resoluteness built on the centre-back partnership of Craig and Mark Beevers.
Craig, 30, will see a specialist later this week when a timeline on a period of recovery and return will be clearer.
Millwall physio Bobby Bacic told the club’s official website: "Tony Craig has suffered an injury to his left knee whilst performing a heroic flying block during the Bradford match. He has escaped cruciate ligament damage, but has significantly damaged his lateral ligament and hamstring tendon.
“He is currently in a protective brace and on crutches and will see the surgeon later in the week. This will allow the swelling and pain to settle so the surgeon can fully evaluate the knee and decide the best course of action. We will update everyone later in the week.”
Craig joins midfielders Ed Upson and Jimmy Abdou on the sidelines, while Millwall’s centre-back options are further limited by a foot injury suffered by Sid Nelson.
Upson, who suffered a knee injury in the 5-3 defeat to Peterborough last month, could be back in training next week but Abdou, injured in the same game, is still a month away from a return.