Millwall boss Neil Harris comes out strongly to explain Fred Onyedinma situation

FRED Onyedinma was absent from Millwall's squad at Southend on Wednesday night – and manager Neil Harris had some strong words when asked for an update on the situation after the 2-1 defeat at Roots Hall. 

Onyedinma wasn't given a squad number this season but been involved in Millwall's pre-season preparations until Wednesday and went to the training camp in Portugal earlier this month.

Millwall face Real Sociedad in their last pre-season game at The Den on Saturday, but Onyedinma will play no part.

"You’ve always asked me about Fred and I took him pre-season because we needed numbers," Harris said. "Fred’s made it very clear that he won’t play for the club so I’m not going to be including him in front of our fan base at games.

"Unless he tells me otherwise, that he wants to play for our fans, then he won’t be included in any game of football for us."

Harris had asked what had changed since Onyedinma last played against Braga, having also featured against Fleetwood and scoring against Concord.

He responded: "We needed him to play, we needed 22 players. You always hope that people change their mind. I think highly of the boy and I’ve got a very good relationship with him.

"We used him because we needed to, and he has to get minutes. Now that we’re preparing for Saturday I’ll only work with players that want to be here."

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John Kelly