Millwall's Webster set to miss rest of season

MILLWALL have been dealt a huge injury blow with the news that Byron Webster is set to miss the rest of the season.

Webster ruptured a cruciate ligament in his knee against Barnsley last Saturday, and had surgery on Thursday.

Millwall announced the news on their official website on Friday morning. "This is a major disappointment, first and foremost for Byron, whose form at the start of this season has been outstanding," Lions boss Neil Harris said.

"As well, it is of course a disappointment for the group. However, we will grow stronger because of it. Others will now have to step up in Byron's place and take their opportunity.

Webster, 30, was playing arguably the best football of his Millwall career before his injury blow.

He lost his place in the side for the first game of the season against Nottingham Forest, with Jake Cooper partnering Shaun Hutchinson in the centre of defence.

Cooper injured his ankle four days later in an EFL Cup tie with Stevenage, and Webster played every minute of league action since.

Harris added: "We don't want to put a definitive timescale on his recovery but it will be long-term. Seeing Byron back before the end of the season would be a huge bonus."

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John Kelly