Millwall defender set for return after long lay-off

SHAUN Cummings is set to play his first competitive game in more than seven months when Millwall U23s face Birmingham at St Andrews next Monday.

Cummings has been out since February when he had an operation to repair cartilage damage in his knee that had also caused some knock-on effects with his calf and hamstring.

Defender Cummings, 27, last played competitively in the second leg of the JPT semi-final against Oxford on February 2.

“Shaun Cummings is back in full training,” Millwall manager Neil Harris said. “We’re hoping he’ll be able to get some minutes on Monday with the U23s.

“We’re still looking at a good four weeks fitness-wise before he’s back with the first team.

“It’s great to have him back involved, it’s been a long road for him. He’s a brilliant professional and a great guy and it’s certainly nice to have him back.”

Meanwhile Shaun Hutchinson, who has seen just three minutes of competitive action since his switch from Fulham in the summer after suffering a problem with his hamstring, could be available again before the end of the month.

Harris said: “It’s the nature of the small tear he had that he can work at 50 per cent quite often but we can’t push him. With Hutch, there’s no chance for Saturday but we might be looking at him being involved at Southend (on September 17) or maybe realistically the week after.”

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