Jiri Skalak returned from what Millwall fans must have thought was the dead this past weekend to be on the bench for their FA Cup quarter-final tie with Brighton and Hove Albion.
The 27-year-old signed for the Lions in the summer from last Sunday’s opponents but was an unused substitute.
The Czech Republic international warmed up intently during the game, and with an added substitute permitted in extra-time, he continued to do so during that period, too, but to no avail.
Skalak has not been seen on football pitch playing since the Everton win in January – even then it was for three minutes.
Before that, he last had a significant amount of game time in the FA Cup win over Hull at the start of January.
You have to go back to Boxing Day and the win over Reading the last time he saw league action – and that too was just one minute.
Skalak has made four starts and nine substitute appearances since his arrival, and he must be wondering why on earth he chose to sign for Millwall in the summer.
The loudest reaction the winger got this past weekend was when the Brighton fans cheered him and sung his name as he ran out to warm up.
That is more than he has ever had at The Den, which usually sees him jeered having not performed to the level the fans expect.
Skalak will surely be regretting his move to Millwall with Neil Harris trying to sign him for three transfer windows.
Finally getting the player and things not working out is a shame, and the winger will be considering his future for sure after being unable to break into the first team on a consistent basis.
Harris might want him to work harder, but if he is unable to do play and train to the standard the manager and the fans demand, he might need to leave to fit in elsewhere.
And that is what he surely must be planning come the summer having failed to get the Millwall move going.
There will be anger and frustration that despite doing all he can, he has been unable to come on as a substitute, let alone be named on the bench.
And with that, he will surely be looking to end his Millwall nightmare this summer as the need for first-team football grows.