Harris gives Bradshaw update – as Millwall think about potential replacement

NEIL Harris says Millwall will “consider” whether they need to sign a striker in January.

The Lions’ attacking striking quartet was reduced to three when Tom Bradshaw was ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

Fred Onyedinma is on loan with Wycombe until January with uncertainty over his immediate Lions future, and Aiden O’Brien could play up front, as he did for the Republic of Ireland in their 0-0 draw away to Denmark on Monday night.

But it still leaves Harris without one of his recognised out-and-out centre-forwards.

“We’re an attacking player short now. It’s certainly something we’ve got to consider,” Harris said.

“Nobody will leave unless we want them to go. Can we be better than in last year’s window? January proved to be a very important window for us, we did some excellent business, but not expensive business, by any means. We made some good signings and when players came in they had a huge impact not just on the field but off the field as well.

“It’s an important window for us, but what I will say is there is a lot of football to be played between now and January to determine whether we need players in or players to go out the door to go and play football.”

Bradshaw, 26, had surgery on his torn ACL at Cromwell Hospital on Tuesday.

Harris added: “The next six to eight weeks is quite time-consuming for Tom. He has to try to keep swelling to a minimum around the knee joint where the operation was.

“It’s rest and recovery and at the right time trying to strengthen. It’s about getting his range back and movement in his leg.

“Fortunately Tom is a very positive fella, mentally very strong.

“It’s been a real blow for the whole squad because he’s such a good trainer and such a good lad. Not having him on the training pitch has been a big blow but it’s a reminder to everybody, players in particular, how fortunate they are in what they do – and how quickly that can be dragged away from you.

“We’re all here to support Tom. As we saw with Webbie [Byron Webster] last year we’ll give him the environment to work in and to want to work in, which is the main thing with long-term injuries.

“We’ll get him back fitter, healthier and stronger than when he signed for us.”

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John Kelly