Millwall's Lee Gregory ahead of schedule and in contention to face Middlesbrough

MILLWALL have been boosted by the news that Lee Gregory is not expected to be out for as long as initially feared.

Gregory went off with a calf problem in the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on December 29 and was set to be sidelined for at least four weeks.

But the striker could be in contention to make an early return against Middlesbrough. Millwall host Blackburn at The Den this Saturday before travelling to the Riverside Stadium a week later.

“Lee Gregory is progressing really well,” Millwall boss Neil Harris said. “We don’t think it’s going to be four to six weeks.

“We’re 10 days down the line with him and we’re hoping that it’s not going to be the four-week mark.

“This game comes too soon for him, but there’s a good chance for him for Boro.”

Ben Amos has had an X-ray on his damaged finger, with Millwall waiting to hear back from the specialist. Tom King is set to be third-choice stopper if the on-loan Bolton goalkeeper is ruled out.

Shaun Hutchinson was aiming to declare himself fit for the Blackburn clash as he recovers from a cut in his shin.

Harris said: “Hopefully he’ll be back on the training pitch, it’s one day at a time with him. He’s putting weight on his leg and we’re trying to get him outside [Tuesday] doing something.

“Whether there’s enough time to get him into the group before the weekend we’ll have to wait and see. If not this weekend then he should be fine for Boro.”

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John Kelly