Injury to Millwall’s Hutch summed up ‘disaster’

AN injury to Shaun Hutchinson at the end of Millwall’s 5-1 defeat to Peterborough on Tuesday night rounded off “a complete disaster” for his side, boss Neil Harris admitted afterwards.

Hutchinson made his competitive debut for the club when he came on for Shane Ferguson in the 77th minute, but he failed to finish the game after he went down off the ball before limping off leaving Millwall with 10 men.

Former Fulham defender Hutchinson damaged his hamstring in the pre-season friendly with Brentford on July 30. With Millwall 5-0 down against the Posh and the game all but over, Harris decided to give him a run-out ahead of the clash with Sheffield United next weekend.

Hutchinson is now a doubt for that fixture as he endures a frustrating start to his Millwall career.

“It was a complete disaster, if I’m being honest. That finished me off,” Harris said.

“I put Hutch out just to give him 20 minutes of football. Obviously he’s missed the last couple of weeks. He worked all last week, he trained the last couple of days and he was ready.

“He was chomping at the bit to get back involved and it was just to give him time on the pitch with a view to the games coming up.

“To go down like he did was extremely frustrating for all of us, and none more so than the boy, who wants to be a top-level player.”

Meanwhile, David Worrall didn’t feature at ABAX Stadium but Harris hopes the winger will be available for the visit of the Blades to The Den on Saturday.

“Worrall had a tight hamstring and we took a decision last minute to put him on the bench,” Harris explained. “If the game had been tight I would have given him 10 minutes to come on and create something or give us something from a set-piece.

“But the game was gone pretty much at half-time. I thought about doing it then but it wasn’t worth the risk. So hopefully Wozza will be available to train towards the end of the week for Saturday.”

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John Kelly