Millwall defender James Brown takes another step on road to recovery in Charlton draw

JAMES Brown moved closer to potentially returning to the senior fold as he played 70 minutes in Millwall's 2-2 Professional Development League draw against Charlton at Calmont Road on Monday.

Brown has been out since July with a knee injury.

The right-back had been earmarked by former Lions boss Neil Harris as a player who could break into the first-team squad.

Chuks Aneke and Abraham Odoh gave The Addicks a 2-0 lead which they held until 10 minutes from time, before George Alexander and Besart Topalloj – who had come on for Brown – earned Millwall a point.

Another promising youngster, Isaac Olaofe, is also returning from injury.

George Alexander scored in the 81st minute before the Lions levelled three minutes from time

Under-23 boss Kevin Nugent said: "They're getting closer to doing the full 90 minutes now. That's the next stage. We're just making sure we monitor their situation, but they're close to being fully available now."

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