MILLWALL boss Neil Harris praised Lee Gregory after the striker travelled to Bury despite being unsure whether he would be involved in the match-day squad.
Gregory sat in the stands at Gigg Lane on Saturday and saw his side fall behind to a second-half James Vaughan double as Millwall struggled to convert their dominance into goals.
But Shaun Williams started the comeback when he converted from the penalty spot in the 70th minute after Niall Maher had been sent off, before Calum Butcher’s equaliser was followed by Aiden O’Brien’s injury-time winner to spark jubilant scenes in the away end.
Harris has an injury list that currently includes centre-forwards Gregory, Steve Morison and Jamie Philpot, as well as defenders Shaun Hutchinson and Sid Nelson.
Harris revealed Gregory wasn’t far away from being involved against the Shakers. Harris is hopeful the 28-year-old will recover from a back spasm problem in time to play in the second round of the FA Cup against Braintree Town next Sunday.
“Lee was closer, he came on the trip but failed a fitness test (Friday),” Harris said. “He came for two reasons: he wanted to support his team-mates, which is fantastic, and secondly he wanted to get treatment from the physio Bobby (Bacic) over the course of the two days and after the game to give himself the opportunity to be fit for next Sunday.
“We’d like him to be back as soon as possible, I want players back fit and I want selection headaches.
“I want Greggors fit, Sid fit, Hutch fit for next weekend and then for Steve Morison to come back as soon as he can as well as Jamie Philpot.”
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