Millwall’s caretaker manager Adam Barrett has a trio of players returning from the international break this week, as the 39-year-old looks for a second consecutive win in his new temporary role.
Before the international break, Barrett’s Millwall side pulled off a shock win beating Leeds United 2-1 at The Den.
It was an unexpected start for Barrett in his new role, who has quickly become a candidate for the job after the result.
Three of his players jetted off for international duty this week – Jayson Molumby with the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s, Shane Ferguson with Northern Ireland and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson with Iceland.
Molumby captained his side as their unbeaten run unfolded in a 1-0 defeat to Iceland’s Under-21 side, but remain top of their Euro 2020 qualification group.
Ferguson was an unused substitute as his side did what England could not, beating Czech Republic 3-2 in Prague.
Bodvarsson did come off the bench for his national side, who beat Andorra 2-0 in their Euro 202 qualification campaign.
“They’ll be back in Thursday. Like any club it’s not ideal because you’re missing players from your preparation.
“They’ll be back in to train Thursday, hopefully all with a clean bill of health. Then we can get into the nitty-gritty in the back end of the week and get the preparations right (for Brentford)”
We’ll find out this weekend if Millwall’s win against Leeds was a genuine performance from Barrett’s side, or an anomalous one.
They travel to Brentford on Saturday, who are also in need of a string of results to propel them up the table.
Only two points separate Millwall in 15th and Brentford in 17th – Barrett will be hoping that the break hasn’t damaged his team’s momentum, as he looks to impress the owners once again this weekend.