Gary Rowett is enduring an extremely testing time as Millwall manager at present.
Not only are the Lions on a four-match winless run in the Championship which has seen them slip four points adrift of the top-six, but the injuries are mounting up for the former Derby boss.
With on-loan West Brom striker Kenneth Zohore and midfielder Billy Mitchell both already facing up to two months on the sidelines, Millwall were without Mahlon Romeo and Connor Mahoney for Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cardiff City at The Den.
Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott returned from his own injury lay-off to appear as a late substitute against Neil Harris’ men, but Shane Ferguson was unavailable due to a back problem he sustained on international duty with Northern Ireland.
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However, Rowett provided a positive update on Ferguson’s fitness, and hinted that the 29-year-old could return to the squad when Millwall host Reading on Wednesday.
Rowett told NewsatDen: “He hurt his back on international duty, I don’t think he’ll be far away for Wednesday. Genuinely, I think every fit player got on the bench today.”
On the back of suffering four consecutive league defeats, which has seem them go from the league leaders, to 6th in the standings, Millwall would appear to be playing the Royals at the perfect time and will be looking to pile more misery on them.
And in a time where Rowett simply cannot afford many more causalities, boosting numbers with the potential return on Ferguson would be a timely one – especially with his versatility meaning he can cover a number of different positions.