Neil Harris makes his first return to Millwall on Saturday when taking his Cardiff City side to The Den.
Harris left the Lions last October before becoming Bluebirds boss a matter of weeks later, and has done an outstanding job in South Wales since his appointment.
However, the Cardiff manager’s task of getting three points at his old stomping ground has just gotten that little bit tougher after BBC Sport Wales confirmed that Lee Tomlin has been ruled out for two months and will therefore miss the game in South London.
The attacker has endured a stop-start campaign, making just five appearances – with the last of those coming in the 3-2 defeat at QPR on Halloween.
Harris confirmed that Tomlin went under the knife at the beginning of the international break and is unlikely to play again until the New Year.
“We tried to manage him, it was a bit of a gamble,” he told Wales Online. “We have tried to get through it but it has just not happened.
“We’ve taken advice and we are going the surgery route. Lee has had an operation and will be out for a few months unfortunately.
“It is not ideal for anyone to have surgery, but hopefully when we do get Lee back, we will get him back properly.”
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This is a major blow for both Harris and Cardiff.
Tomlin has been a great servant to the club in recent seasons, and his presence and knack of being in the right place to score crucial goals will certainly be missed – despite his struggles in front of goal in recent games.
But with matches coming thick and fast, Harris has no time to dwell on this setback, especially ahead of trip to Millwall, a game that’ll mean more to him than anyone else connected with Cardiff.