Millwall boss gives update on Fielding injury – and discusses on-loan Ipswich stopper's debut

NEIL Harris said Bartosz Bialkowski brought an “air of calmness” as he made his debut in the 1-0 win over Preston at The Den on Saturday.

Bialkowski came on for another debutant Frank Fielding after the latter injured himself taking a goal-kick in the first half.

Preston didn’t register a shot on target in the game as Jed Wallace’s first-half strike decided the contest.

Harris gave an update on Fielding.

“I think it’s his quad so it’s his kicking muscle for a goalkeeper,” Harris said. “You saw him limping off so I don't think he’s going to be fit for Saturday [at West Brom], that’s for sure. But until we scan him we don’t know if we’re talking a couple of weeks or a few months. We will just have to play it by ear.

“Bart came on and just bought an air of calmness, didn’t he? I think it came at a good time just before half-time, so we regrouped and Bart got to a do warm-up but he wasn't fazed.

“I said to him, ‘you alright, big man?’ He said, ‘yeah’. He just couldn’t wait to get out there and play. We’re disappointed for Frankie, of course. We’ve got two senior goalkeepers in that look a class act to fight it out for that position.

“Frankie had the shirt because Bart’s only come in this week. Obviously because of Frankie’s misfortune Bart’s got the shirt back but hopefully we get Frankie back as soon as possible to continue with that rivalry.”

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John Kelly