Millwall will be hoping to collect their first Championship victory for almost a month when they host Reading at The Den on Wednesday evening.
Gary Rowett’s men endured a third consecutive draw on Saturday, but Kieffer Moore’s late equaliser wasn’t the only setback for the Lions boss.
He’s since hinted that he could be without three more key players for their midweek clash with the Royals.
Billy Mitchell (hamstring) and on-loan West Brom striker Kenneth Zohore (calf) are already on the treatment table, whilst Mahlon Romeo and Connor Mahoney both missed Saturday’s weekend draw with Cardiff City through injury.
Elsewhere, Mason Bennett, whose got a history of injuries, was replaced in the second-half with a quad injury.
Rowett confirmed that both Mahoney and Bennett will undergo scans in the coming days, whilst he couldn’t confirm the extent of Romeo’s foot problem.
“With Mahlon we will just have to let it settle down to see where we are with it,” the Lions chief told South London Press. “There is no real timeframe on it. He could be available this week or it could take another two-three weeks.”
“Connor would’ve started the game and he did all the shape for it. We were just doing some set-pieces – he was taking corners along with four or five other players. He whipped a corner in and felt his quad straight away and collapsed to the floor in a bit of discomfort.
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“He will probably get a scan either today or tomorrow and we’ll find out what it is. Sometimes you need the area to settle down to show damage. If you do it straight away then it can not accurately reflect what damage there is. There are a number of reasons why you wait before you scan it.
“Mason sprinted late on in the game and felt something in his quad. It doesn’t look quite as serious as Connor. But again I’ve genuinely no idea until we see inside his leg.
“I imagine he’ll get a scan before the middle of the week. He’ll have had a day or two for it to settle. We also assess how he feels. For all we know he might come in feeling fine or may come in feeling horrendous.”
If these three players are all facing spells on the sidelines, this would be nothing short of a disaster for Rowett, whose enduring his toughest period as Millwall boss.
With EFL clubs now allowed nine substitutes following the recent rule change, the likes of Hayden Muller and James Brown are likely to get another opportunity to be involved with the first team on Wednesday – whilst if Bennett isn’t passed fit, another youngster might just be required.
Rowett has one of the smaller squads in the Championship, and the January transfer window probably can’t come soon enough for the former Derby and Birmingham manager.