Millwall boss says young players could get chance as injury and suspension problems mount

NEIL Harris said young players could get a chance against Bristol City on Sunday – with Millwall hit by injuries and a suspension after their loss against Birmingham on Wednesday night.

Ryan Leonard will serve a one-game ban after he was sent off against Blues following two bookings, and Lee Gregory limped off late on.

Shaun Hutchinson also went off with blood pouring from a head injury, but the defender should be fit for the Ashton Gate clash.

Millwall will assess Gregory tomorrow, with Harris saying the striker could have a groin or stomach problem.

Tom Elliott is already out with a hamstring injury. Under-23 players Harry Donovan and Lewis White are options to join the squad next weekend.

Ryan Tunnicliffe was introduced for Shane Ferguson after Leonard’s red card against Garry Monk’s side.

“Ryan came on and I thought he was excellent,” Harris said. “I’ve got Ryan and Jem [Karacan] that are desperate to play. Obviously we have to think about shuffling the pack, 60 minutes against 11 men is difficult.

“It might be an opportunity with injuries for young players to come into the squad.

“What I do know and what I’ve told the players is we’ve put ourselves under pressure by not picking up points on the road. That’s what put us under pressure tonight.

“You can’t just rely on winning at home all the time, you have to pick points up on the road. I told the players that starts Sunday.

“I expect my Millwall players now to win games away from home.”

Millwall were better after Leonard’s 30th-minute dismissal, but Harris said it did feel like the problems are coming thick and fast for the squad.

He added: “What is in my control is it will be a better half an hour than we showed out there. That comes under my remit for sure.

“Injury-wise and red cards and the referee not booking their players, not giving us fouls can have a knock-on effect, things like that are out of my control.

“I can only focus on my players and at the moment the first goal probably sums us up, really. The first goal Hutch has a slip and then stumbles trying to get back in and then we don’t quite recover quickly enough in the right areas.

“It sums up where we are at the moment but you get through games by working hard and making sure that as an individual you’re doing your job. And collectively that 11 individuals are doing their jobs.”

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John Kelly