Injuries Latest

David Connolly and Hayden Mullins could be back in time for the Gillingham game - but Anton Ferdinand is doubtful at this stage with a hamstring problem.

Generally, though, things are looking up on the injury front and John Green says:

"I think things are going to improve over the next few days; the hope is that a couple of the problems will be back training.

"Steve Lomas has the reserve game after a bout of food poisoning which left him pretty washed out and Don Hutchison also has a game which is good news."

Regarding Don's injury, John says:

"Sometimes the lateral meniscal injuries have been a big problem in the past but he is not really 'back' as such - because he is going to need a few games.

"The knee has done very well and the meniscal lesion, although mild, was causing him a problem and needed to be operated on.

"The surgery was very good and obviously he has done well with his rehabilitation.

"It is about what we would expect - normally it is about six to eight weeks for a lateral meniscus, whereas with some of the medial meniscal problems you hear stories of people coming back in three or four weeks and that sort of thing.

"So the outside cartilages are always a little bit longer."

David has had a thigh problem, and John says:

"At the moment we are stepping up the training each day; there are no guarantees.

"He did try to play against Sunderland; the Friday before we left and he felt it again; that would only be two weeks this Friday, so it is early days.

"But what we are trying to do is build him up gradually and take each day as it comes.

"Richard Garcia is moving along nicely as is Rufus Brevett; they are the long term ones we have got."

Anton's injury is certainly a blow though, when he could reasonably have expected to have been involved at the weekend.

"Anton has a slight hamstring strain; it was something that was very mild last week and he was obviously desparate to be available for the Millwall game," says John, "but unfortunately he felt it and it was decided he would be left out.

"I wouldn't have thought he would be available this week."

It was certainly good to see Matthew Etherington back in action at Millwall, after his recovery from a thuddering challenge at Sunderland that forced him to miss the Crewe game.

"The thoughts at the time were that it could have been a broken leg - that is the right area for it to be broken," explains John.

"But Mattie used the experience he has got to get his feet off the ground quick enough so the leg wasn't weight bearing at the time of the contact.

"In the end we were left with just a really nasty bruise.

"He was in quite a bit of discomfort but the lads know when it is a bruise they can put up with the discomfort and carry on."