Millwall have announced that key defender Byron Webster has ruptured a cruciate ligament and is likely to miss the rest of the season.
The Lions had made a very good start to life back in the Championship and the form of Webster and Shaun Hutchinson at the heart of the defence had been a big reason for that.
After starting the season at Nottingham Forest on the bench, Webster forced his way into the team for the second match and had played every league game since.
Boss Neil Harris admitted that losing the ex-Yeovil man was a big blow.
“This is a major disappointment, first and foremost for Byron, whose form at the start of this season has been outstanding,” he told the club’s official site.
The centre-back has already undergone surgery and Harris is now looking at how those who had been on the fringes respond.
“It is of course a disappointment for the group. However, we will grow stronger because of it. Others will now have to step up in Byron’s place and take their opportunity.”
Millwall have had a very good start to the campaign even if defeat to Barnsley last time out was frustrating and their performances have probably merited more points over the season.
However, Webster will be a big loss. The Lions side has been settled and that included the defensive partnership that he had with Hutchinson.
Harris will hope that others can step in, with Jake Cooper likely to replace Webster for the foreseeable future.
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