Gary Rowett provided an injury update on four Millwall players ahead of Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough when he spoke to NewsAtDen.
George Evans is back in the fold and Daniel Ballard is expected to be available however Murray Wallace remains a doubt but will be involved in training on Thursday. As for tenacious midfielder Billy Mitchell it does not look as positive.
Rowett said: “Billy Mitchell pulled out of training so he’ll be a late check to see whether he will be fit. He just felt his groin a little bit in training. He was pulled out as a precaution.”
“Billy is probably the main one that is a doubt for us.”
Mitchell has featured in 14, starting seven, of the Lions’ 17 league games so far and is becoming more of an important first team player year on year at The Den. Filling in at right wing back along with his tough tackling central midfield duties has added another string to his bow this season.
George Evans returning to Rowett’s considerations softens the blow a touch, the versatile midfielder has been a key player since joining the club from Derby County and could be crucial to combatting the physical and aerial threats that Middlesbrough pose.
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Murray Wallace is also a very important player in Millwall’s small but effective group of players, Rowett will be hoping he can come through training unscathed and make the trip to Teesside. Daniel Ballard is a huge boost for the defensive contingent, the towering Arsenal loanee was crucial for the Lions at the start of the season and will provide healthy competition for places with his return to fitness.
Millwall and Middlesbrough will likely be competing in a similar portion of the Championship table for the remainder of the season and will sense the opportunity to break into the top six at the weekend.
Rowett has been the subject of some questionable views from the stands at Millwall this season, breaking into the top six this weekend would go a long way to silencing his doubters.