Millwall's O'Brien has Barnsley in his sights – after brace against Tykes in FA Cup win

AIDEN O’Brien is ready to shoot down Barnsley for the second time this season after recovering from an ankle injury.

O’Brien played 64 minutes for the under-23s in their 1-1 Professional Development League draw against QPR on Monday.

The Lions attacker had scored four goals in three games before his spell out, including one in the 4-3 win over Leeds on January 20 in the game in which he injured his ankle.

“I went to anticipate a ball coming in off the right and got in front of the defender, but the ball went behind me and I’ve rolled my ankle,” O’Brien explained. “It was a freak accident, no one was near me. It was poor timing because I was on a little roll.

“It was all about getting rest and when there was enough strength start flexing and moving it. There was some balance work. It was three weeks of doing little but I had the physios doing a lot of work on it. I was icing it numerous times. It was quite boring but you’ve got to get it done. I wasn’t even able to drive, I had to get a lift or a cab to training.

“You’ve just got to be mentally strong to recover, which I have been, and I’m ready to go again. I want to add to the squad.

“I’m on the other side of it now and I feel fitter and stronger. It was a well-needed run-out and I got that and am ready for Saturday.

“We do things right in the training ground to prepare me correctly for when I do go back into a game. I felt confident with my ankle and my body and I felt strong in the game.

“I got a good hour under my belt and I’ll hopefully be in the frame for Saturday.”

O’Brien scored twice against the Tykes in a 4-1 FA Cup win in January, but knows that there is no guarantee he will be in the squad on Saturday, with boss Neil Harris having 22 fit players to choose from.

“That’s what you have to do as a manager, make tough decisions,” O’Brien said. “He is capable of making decisions and the players have to respect it. You’ve got to accept it and wait for your time.

“I had a nice little spell against Barnsley this season. It’ll just be good to get back out onto the pitch. The manager knows I’m ready and fit to go and hopefully it’ll happen.”

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John Kelly