Cummings, Smith progress pleases Millwall boss

SHAUN Cummings could play a full 90 minutes against Nottingham Forest U23s at The Den next Monday as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

The 27-year-old-defender, who hasn't featured for the senior team since February, played 45 minutes for Justin Skinner's side against Birmingham on Monday, but Neil Harris insisted there is no rush to get him back into the first-team fold.

"He came through fine," Harris said. "He's had a long road to recovery and has been an outstanding professional during that period of time.

"His life's been turned upside-down with a new baby so he's had major changes to his life.

"It'll be great having him back in the side but he certainly won't be rushed. It's a long process, he played 45 minutes Monday night and he'll play again against Nottingham Forest at The Den.

"We'll look at building him up minutes-wise and he needs to play 90 minutes with the U23s before he's considered for a return to the first team."

Millwall drew 2-2 on Monday night, with Harry Smith netting his third goal in four games, and Harris is pleased with his progress.

Harris said: "Lads that play in the 23s are there to develop for different reasons, either they're youngsters coming through or they've come from the non-league like Harry.

"It's a great opportunity for boys to get minutes and progress. We think Harry has got some excellent attributes to be a good Millwall player.

"We all appreciate as does Harry that it's going to take a little bit of time to hopefully realise his potential for the club. But he's certainly had a good start so far with three goals in four games."

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John Kelly