Jake Cooper will undergone a scan on his shoulder injury today, which has seen the centre-back emerge as a doubt for Millwall’s trip to Blackburn on Wednesday night.
Cooper is currently on a remarkable run of consecutive games in the Championship – having played every minute of the Lions’ previous 136 league matches, dating back to when he missed a defeat to Burton Albion through suspension more than three years ago.
Such is the defender’s persistency to continue that sequence, he actually played the final 15 minutes of Saturday’s draw at Birmingham City with a dislocated shoulder.
“I don’t think there is ever an issue dislocating a shoulder when it is popped back in,” Rowett told South London Press. “It is about assessing the chances of it re-dislocating and that depends on the damage that occurred when it was originally dislocated, not going on what Coops’ said.”
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The Lions boss couldn’t confirm whether Cooper will be available for the trip to Lancashire, but certainly didn’t rule the defender out of facing the Championships top scorers.
He continued: “We’ll probably learn a little bit more today but we’re hopeful that he’ll be available.”
Rowett also provided an update on the fitness of Mahlon Romeo and Mason Bennett, both of which have missed Millwall’s recent fixtures against, Reading and Birmingham, whilst the latter was also absent from the draw with Cardiff last Saturday.
“We’ve got a couple of scans this afternoon on players,” Rowett admitted. “We’ll know a little bit more about what route we take in the next week or so.
“With Mason we always thought he wouldn’t quite be back for the Blackburn game, just because the timing for the injury was 10 days to two weeks. He needed a certain amount of time to heal, regardless of how he felt.
“Mahlon is probably the same situation. We’ll assess him before the game and see whether there is anything we can do to get him out there. But our situation probably won’t change too dramatically. Mahlon is more one that is day to day and seeing how he feels – if we can inject it and crack on.”
If Cooper does end up missing out at Ewood Park, it would sum up what has been a tough month for Millwall in terms of injuries.
Whilst Alex Pearce will be waiting in the wings if required, it would be sad to see this outrageous run of consecutive matches end at a time when Millwall are impressive defensively as they’ve been in recent seasons.