Millwall manager on Elliott injury: 'It's just another battle for us – we've got to keep going'

MILLWALL were expected to find out the extent of Tom Elliott’s shoulder injury this week but the striker is out of the Championship game against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Elliott dislocated his shoulder in the first minute of the 2-0 defeat to Blackburn last weekend and had an X-ray early this week. He was seeing a shoulder specialist on Tuesday.

Steve Morison, 35, could come into the side against Boro for his first league start since December, and Lee Gregory is also recovered from a calf problem.

“We thought we’d come out of the woods with these kinds of things after four wins in a row,” Harris said. “But then Tom’s injured after seven seconds and they get a freak goal in the 86th minute.

“It’s just another battle for us and we’ve got to keep going. Steve’s been great as an impact sub and at times has been excellent for us.

“But with his lack of minutes, 90 minutes is a big ask for him at the moment at his age. Tom was a big loss against two centre-halves that I thought he was going to dominate. It was disappointing.”

Blackburn scored in the 86th and 87th minutes to end Millwall’s four-match winning run.

Harris said: “We were much better than Blackburn, that’s for sure. We got into really good areas without having that end product. It was clear we missed Tom in the final third and lacked a little bit of creativity at times.

“Getting into the final third wasn’t a problem and we knew what kind of game it was going to be. Blackburn are 100 miles an hour, probably the most energetic team in the division and they make it really difficult for you to play. They close you down rapidly but we knew what to expect and I was really pleased with how the boys stood up to them.

“When we did get into the final third we just lacked that little bit of composure at times. And Tom for set-pieces, throw-ins, crosses in the box is a loss for us.”

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John Kelly