Millwall captain's return like a "new signing", says Harris

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris said the return of Tony Craig is "the best bit of news" after the club confirmed he has been cleared to take part in full first-team training.

Craig has been out since suffering a knee injury against this Saturday's opponents Bradford last October but has been involved in non-contact training for two weeks.

The 30-year-old defender was this week assessed by the specialist who carried out his operation, and he got the news he hoped for with the go-ahead to resume full training with the first-team squad.

However, Harris warned he is still a few weeks away from a return to the starting XI.

"If he can come through some U21 games before taking his place back in the first-team squad then it will be like a new signing for us," Harris told the club's official website.

"Your club captain coming back is the best bit of news we could have had as the loan window closes.

"We're not getting too carried away because Tony has some weeks to go before he would be ready for squad selection, but it is really good news that we can have him back on the training pitch and amongst the boys in the dressing room.

"All players young and old will thrive with him back in the squad because his leadership and experience is vital for us."