PREVIEW: Gillingham vs. Millwall

NEIL Harris will shuffle his starting side again when Millwall visit Gillingham on Sunday afternoon.

Aiden O’Brien made his comeback in Portugal after recovering from a groin problem that also affected him towards the end of last season. He could start in a wide position or up front.

Tom Bradshaw sat out Millwall’s second friendly, against Braga, in Albufeira and could return up front, potentially alongside Jon Dadi Bodvarsson as Harris tries different combinations just 13 days before the start of the 2019-20 Championship.

Harris is likely to continue with Frank Fielding in goal, with decisions to be made over the make-up of the back four.

Tom Elliott is struggling with a hamstring problem, but midfielder Ryan Leonard should be available.

The Lions renew hostilities again with Steve Evans, after a war of words near the end of the 2014-15 season when Evans was boss of Rotherham. He told Lee Gregory to “enjoy League One” after the Millers’ win over Reading sent the Lions down, following Gregory’s remarks that Rotherham might “bottle it”.

Evans was appointed this summer to succeed Mark Patterson. He has signed former Millwall youth striker Mikael Ndjoli on loan from Bournemouth. The Gills have also struck permanent deals for Stuart O’Keefe from Cardiff, Spurs’ Connor Ogilvie, Jack Bonham from Brentford, Rangers’ Lee Hodson, MK Dons’ Ousseynou Cissé and Manchester United’s Matty Willock.

Tom Eaves, who scored 22 goals in 50 games last season, joined Hull this summer.

Possible Millwall starting XI: 4-4-2: Fielding; Romeo, Pearce, Hutchinson, M Wallace; Mahoney, Leonard, Thompson, O’Brien; Bradshaw, Bodvarsson.

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly