Captain on course for Millwall return before season's end

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TONY Craig is on course to feature for Millwall before the end of the season.

The Lions club captain has been out since the end of October with a serious knee injury but was assessed last week by the surgeon who carried out the operation to repair the damage. He has recently been doing gym sessions and swimming to build up muscle strength.

The results threw up no irregularities and Craig will now increase his workload with a view to returning to action with the U21s later in the season before a potential return to the first team.

His manager Neil Harris is delighted with his progress.

Tony’s really good,” he said. “He’s bang on track as we hoped, there were no nasty surprises. The surgeon was really pleased with him and he can step up his rehabilitation in the gym now. He can step up his movements and start putting more weight through his knee.

"We’re still hopeful that we’ll see Tony back in a Millwall shirt before the end of the season.

“The good news is that there’s no further damage and if he carries on rehabbing with the determination he’s shown already, as you’d expect from your club captain, then he could play some part. But at the least he’ll be flying again for the next pre-season.”

Meanwhile, Harris has been nominated for the Sky Bet League One manager of the month award for January.

Millwall went on a four-game unbeaten league run for the rest of the month after their loss to Barnsley on January 2.

The winner will be announced on Friday morning, February 5.