MILLWALL boss Neil Harris could have a defensive selection headache for this weekend’s clash with Bury at The Den.
Joe Martin picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Feetwood at Highbury Stadium on Tuesday night and will now serve a one-game ban.
Carlos Edwards has missed the last two fixtures with a tight hamstring, meaning three of Millwall’s four first-choice defenders could be unavailable against Bury, who are ninth in League One.
Harris hinted he would think about whether he picked the right team at Fleetwood, but injuries and suspension reduce his hand.
Shane Ferguson could play at left-back, where he has filled in already this season, with Ed Upson likely to start his first game since the 5-3 defeat to Peterborough at the beginning of October.
The current Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday run of fixtures could also tempt Harris to rest one or two of his players. Fred Onyedinma may come into contention for a starting place if the Lions manager decides to leave Aiden O’Brien, Lee Gregory or Steve Morison on the bench.
Though Bury’s home form – where they have beaten Burton, Wigan and Coventry – has largely been impressive this season, they have lost their last three games on the road since a 1-0 win over Colchester on October 3.
They slipped out of the top six, where they have been for the majority of the season since promotion from League Two last term, after losing 2-1 at home to Scunthorpe at the weekend.
Shakers boss David Flitcroft felt his side dominated that game and they will be a threat in SE16, possessing a striker in Leon Clarke who has scored 12 goals this season.
They can also call on the likes of Chris Eagles, Peter Clarke and Danny Pugh, all of whom have Premier League experience.
Form guide (Last five games):
Sky Bet odds
Millwall 4/5 Draw 5/2 Bury 18/5
Probable Millwall team:
4-4-2: Archer; Cummings, Webster, Beevers, Ferguson; O’Brien, Williams, Saville, Upson; Gregory, Morison.