The Lions' Roar: We need Robbo back
By Ian Toal of Millwall Supporters Club
The international break has come at a decent time for the Lions in that it has given us an extra fortnight to get skipper Paul Robinson and right-back Jack Smith fit for the tough visit to Hull City this Saturday.
Although we had a great result last time out beating promotion chasing Middlesbrough we didn't look totally secure at the back.
We could do with Robbo back in the centre of defence commanding the troops as he gets his head onto most things put near him and leads by example.
There was good news last week though, when Tamika Mkandawire came through his first 90 minutes of the season unscathed as one of the over age players in the U21 development match versus Barnet.
The former player of the season missed most of last season through injury and his absence was a major factor in our struggles last term.
If we can get Tam back it will be a real boost to the squad, although it might not be in the his usual centre-midfield position because we have Jimmy Abdou, Josh Wright and Liam Trotter currently covering that spot.
Tam was a defender when he was at Leyton Orient so it would not be a surprise to see him cover somewhere on the back line when he does get back into the team.
As those three players near fitness we've unfortunately lost another player for a couple of months.
Liam Feeney was subject to a bad foul in the Middlesbrough game that the referee didn't spot but more important is the fact that Feeney picked up ankle ligament damage.
There have been a few Millwall players on international duty this week.
Goalkeeper David Forde and striker Andy Keogh were in Trapattoni's Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan and a friendly against Oman although both failed to get on in Astana.
Forde has been in the Ireland squad for some time and was there at Euro 2012 despite only being second choice at The Den.
Keogh's call up is just reward for the fine form he has shown ever since he joined the club.
I just hope Trapattoni goes one step further and gives him a chance as he could be a good partner to Robbie Keane.
Young striker Connor Wilkinson was also on international duty for the Republic of Ireland U19 team for their friendly trip to Latvia on Saturday.
Wilkinson set-up the equaliser for Eire in their 1-1 draw and almost won the match near the end but was denied by the outstretched foot of the opposition goalkeeper Potapenko.
Hopefully this international exposure can help Connor develop his game as there is quite a lot of hope at the club that he can become a first team regular in the future.
There is nothing quite like watching a young player come through your own youth team.