Millwall have been struck by a crippling injury crisis which could leave them missing a number of key players for their clash with Nottingham Forest on Friday.
Gary Rowett’s side know they face a daunting task to get anything from their game against the Reds at the New Den this week even if everyone is fit.
But the Millwall boss is having to prepare for the game unsure who he will have fit and available to play against Forest.
Rowett has confirmed that defender Shaun Hutchinson is likely to be a doubt for the game – and also fears a number of other players will be unavailable.
For he is also having to contend with issues to Shane Ferguson, Ryan Leonard, Shaun Williams and Jed Wallace.
The Lions were held to a 1-1 draw against Birmingham City at St Andrew’s at the weekend. They were pegged back after Williams had given them the lead in the second-half.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Rowett said: “We’d lots of players, injured, Shaun Hutchinson being unavailable, Shane Ferguson being unavailable, Ryan Leonard looking like he’s not going to come back as quickly as we thought.
“But with Hutch’s injury, we had four fit senior defenders ready to start.
“The squad is very thin at present, but we have loads of quality and loads of character.
“I’m not making any excuses, but I think we had about 13 fit senior players, and it was a case that the formation – and to an extent the team – picked themselves.”
It’s fair to say that the likes of Hutchinson, Ferguson and Leonard would all be contenders to start against Forest if fit. The Lions will be looking to secure a positive result against the Reds.
Sabri Lamouchi’s men will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat against Cardiff City at the weekend.
The Reds will see Millwall’s current injury crisis as an opportunity for them to get back to winning ways.
Forest came away from their last trip to London having hammered 10-man Queens Park Rangers 4-0 at Loftus Road. If they can match that performance against Rowett’s side, they’ll stand a great chance of picking up another three points.