Winger Jiri Skalak will miss Millwall’s Carabao Cup tie with Oxford United on Tuesday night, but could return for Saturday’s Championship game at home to Hull City, manager Neil Harris has revealed.
Skalak was absent from The Lions’ 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday after picking up the injury in Wednesday night’s 4-0 defeat at Fulham, and the damage will now keep the 27-year-old out of this week’s trip to the Kassam Stadium.
Explaining the details of Skalak’s injury, Harris told News at Den: “Jiri’s had a scan on his heel, his foot, the bottom part of the leg.
“He’s just got some bruising to the heel area. He’s still not able to put full weight through his foot so he’s not available for Tuesday.”
Discussing the time scale on Skalak’s potential return, the Millwall boss added: “There’s an outside chance for Saturday and the good news is it doesn’t look anything serious.
“We’re hopeful for Saturday but if not then then after the international break.”
It appears as though the injury has come at a particularly bad time for Skalak, as Harris went on to reveal: “With Jed [Wallace’s] suspension Jiri rightly thought he could have a run of games. I really fancied him to push on and do well.”
Skalak joined Millwall from Brighton last summer, but has so far struggled for opportunities since moving to The Den, making just 15 league appearances during his time at the club.
You have to feel for Skalak here.
Having struggled for opportunities since his arrival at the club, it appears as though this current run of games could have been just that, had it not been for this injury.
As a result, the winger now finds himself stuck on the sidelines and waiting for his chance once again, which may not come around again too quickly if Millwall are able to maintain what has been an impressive start to the season.
That being said, with this not looking to be anything long term, Skalak may still get his chance at some point sooner rather than later, particularly if Harris remembers what he has said here about backing the winger to go on and make an impact in the next few games.