Millwall winger reveals final-day dilemma

JED Wallace and his partner are due their second child on the last weekend of the season – but the winger revealed they have already had the conversation about where he will be if it’s that Sunday. 

Millwall face Wigan Athletic on May 5, when both clubs could still be battling for Championship survival.

Wallace’s partner, Abbie, is over 33 weeks pregnant, as they plan for the second addition to their young family after Luca, who is thirteen months old.

Wallace – who turned 25 last Tuesday and celebrated with the current Millwall tradition of bringing cakes to the training ground – was present for the birth of Luca, but explained why Abbie accepts that he may be away for the second arrival.

“She’s due right around the Wigan game so that could be a big weekend all-round,” Wallace said. “I wouldn’t miss the game. Abbie grew up around a football family so she knows.

“We had Luca on the Thursday before Burton last season so I missed training that day but – and this is where the manager is good – I came up by train for training on the Friday.

“You’ve got to be there for the first one, but I’ve already had the chat with her that if it’s necessary then I’ll play.

“I brought in cakes again for my birthday, another 40 quid down the pan. I’ve got another kid coming and I’ve got to spend 40 quid on donuts. People don’t see the things in football you’ve got to do!”

Jed Wallace celebrated his 25th birthday this week

Meanwhile, Wallace has paid tribute to the job Marcelo Bielsa has done at this Saturday’s opponents, Leeds United.

Leeds lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United in their last league outing, and Wallace said his side would take inspiration from the Blades.

Wallace added: “It’s good to see a foreign manager coming in and sticking with the English players, with a little sprinkling of the likes of [Pablo] Hernandez and such that have been outstanding.

“He’s done well and the group of players have improved so much. I love football and like to think I’m a student of football and it’s refreshing to see, as it is with Norwich, rather than teams going out and spending £50-60million on players.

“It’s good to see them improving players, changing formations and adapting different styles.

“They had a difficult result last time out against Sheffield United. United did exactly the same as what we’ll look to do, sit in and hit them on the counter-attack. We want to do the same.”

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John Kelly