Millwall have injury worries after Morison downs Fleetwood

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MILLWALL are facing an injury crisis with just three games left in their League One season, with Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Shane Ferguson all doubts for next Saturday’s trip to Bury.

Gregory was withdrawn at the break in the 1-0 win over Fleetwood, while Morison went off with a hamstring injury after he had scored the decisive goal.

Ferguson wasn’t in the matchday squad after suffering a thigh strain in the 2-1 defeat to Coventry last weekend. Harris said the winger is “touch and go” for the clash at Gigg Lane.

Harris also admitted Gregory’s injury is more complicated, and he has been playing through the pain of stomach muscle problems recently.

Harris brought on 19-year-old Jamie Philpot at half-time against Steven Pressley’s side, and the striker assisted Morison’s 52nd-minute winner, a superb lofted effort over Chris Maxwell into the far corner of the net.

The Lions were far from their most composed against a dangerous Fleetwood side, and they had to rely on Jordan Archer making a crucial double save in injury time at the end of the game to stop Wes Burns earning his side a point.

Harris admitted Millwall struggled to get going on Tuesday night, but was pleased with how they battled for three points that lifts them up to fourth in the table.

“Clearly we weren’t at our best tonight,” Harris said. “We huffed and puffed, worked tirelessly and showed great team spirit and put our bodies on the line, especially in the last 10 minutes.

“We had two bits of quality – one double stop from our goalkeeper and one goal of the season from my talisman.”

The Millwall manager is hopeful to have his first-choice front pairing available for the trip to Bury, and will leave it until late in the week before making a judgement on whether to include them in his squad.

Harris said: “Steve came off with a hamstring problem and it doesn’t look great at the moment. But he’s a bit of a machine so we’ll have to see if there’s any chance for him heading towards the weekend.

“I haven’t taken him off many times during the season so to do that now isn’t ideal.

“We patch Lee up game after game, week after week and we really don’t know how he’s going to be day to day. He’s got stomach muscle problems and it’s a tricky area to treat.

“Lee could wake up on Thursday or Friday and feel fantastic and be on fire Saturday, or he might struggle again. We’ll have to decide on that Saturday morning.”

John Kelly