The Lions Roar: Injury list nightmare for Millwall
By Ian Toal, Millwall Supporters' Club.
Millwall's nine game unbeaten run in the Championship came to a shuddering halt against Leicester last Saturday.
The 4-2 defeat at the Walkers' Stadium was a game packed full of incident, with Steve Morison missing a penalty, and debutant Jens Berthel Askou sent off.
Our patched up side didn't defend well and that was what ultimately cost us getting even a point, and it's the Lions' lengthy injury list that will be the biggest problem over the next few weeks.
The injury crisis has robbed us of five centre backs, which is why manager Kenny Jackett brought Berthel Askou in on a month's loan from Norwich - although he now faces a three match ban, starting with this Friday's re-arranged home game against Barnsley, although Kenny Jackett has indicated he might appeal the red card.
That means another new signing, Darren Purse, should get a run out against the Tykes. He joined on a short-term deal until the end of the season, and as a Millwall supporter it's been a long wait for Darren to arrive at the Den. Certainly most Millwall fans I've spoken to over the years though we should have signed him.
Darren is probably at the tail-end of his career, but hopefully playing for the club he supports will see him manage to get an extra 10 per cent out of his ability, and recapture the form from earlier in his career.
It was interesting to see Swindon Town striker Charlie Austin put in a transfer request last week. He's a player we have made bids for in the last six months, all rejected. There will be a few clubs after hims now, though, all with bigger spending power than us, so we may miss out.
Hopefully we'll either be able to get a player or two back fit, or raid the loan market again. Liam Trotter was on the bench at Leicester, but was not quite ready to be risked, so perhaps a week's extra training will do the trick as we missed his physical presence in midfield.
The Millwall youth team was knocked out of the FA Youth Cup last week, going down 3-0 at Sheffield United. Captain Jake Gallager was sent off in that game, so it seems red cards were the common thread throughout the club last week.