Millwall defender Hutchinson: I'm ready to go

SHAUN Hutchinson says he is available for Millwall's League One clash with Fleetwood this weekend.

Hutchinson has featured just once for the Lions in competitive action this season – when he came on as a substitute in the 5-1 defeat at Peterborough before going off injured – but has recovered from hamstring and calf tears.

He has featured in the U23s' last two games against Leeds and Crystal Palace and is eager to force his way into Neil Harris' first team, starting with the meeting with Uwe Rosler's side on Saturday.

"I've been back for two-and-a-half weeks now and managed to play 45 minutes in one of the U23 games and then 75 minutes and I'm feeling pretty good," the former Fulham defender told Lions Live on Thursday night. "I'm ready to go again.

"It's been frustrating. It's just one of those things where you've got to keep looking forward and be positive and hope what you're doing with the physio is the right thing to do.

"I believe I'm stronger after what I've been through.

"I'm a player who gives his all in every game, I like to think I'm aggressive in the air and in the tackle, a little bit no-nonsense at times.

"I've been speaking to the physio and after the game I played the other day, I played 75 minutes, he passed me on to the gaffer so from now on it's his call.  If he wants to put me in on Saturday then I'm ready to go on Saturday. If not, I have to wait another week.

"But I feel pretty strong and feel I'm ready to go."

Millwall have lost five of their last six league games, with last weekend's win at Northampton followed by a disappointing defeat at home to Bolton on Tuesday night.

Millwall are also looking for a first clean sheet in the league since the opening day of the season.

"It's something the manager has addressed as well, we are leaking goals," Hutchinson said. "If the manager puts me in when I'm fit I'll do my best and try to stop that.

"It's been a little bit up and down. The Northampton victory was massive for us but obviously the results before that weren't great.

"But me coming back into the fold again in training, the standard has picked up.

"We had a few meetings after the bad results and there has been a little change. I think the lads have taken well to it and want to turn the form around.

"The gaffer is pretty good with that, when we have a video meeting it's open to say people could have done better or people did well. It's always good in meetings to look through stuff that we could have done better and if they happen again in the future then we can sort them out.

"He's always quite open for people to have an opinion on it and we normally do."

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John Kelly