LIONS SPINAL PROBLEM

Steve Morison, Millwall

Steve Morison is a major doubt to be fit for Millwall’s televised home game against Birmingham on Saturday – with a stomach muscle tear preventing him from training for the past fortnight.

The Lions have been hit by injuries to the spine of their side. Centre-back Byron Webster is unlikely to feature again this season after undergoing major knee surgery while midfielder Shaun Williams is not expected to return until the end of December due to medial ligament damage.

Morison, pictured, had been a Championship ever-present until he was forced to sit out Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Brentford.

He suffered the injury against Reading on September 26 but stayed on before again playing the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 loss to Barnsley at the end of the month.

“Looking back, maybe it was the wrong call playing him against Barnsley,” said Harris.

“We were short on numbers – so it was needsmust. Moro hasn’t trained since. We’ll have to assess him.

“His injury will be a daily assessment to see how he is going, hopefully we can get him involved on the training pitch this week.

“It is not an ideal situation to have one of your most experienced players and one of your talismen over the last two-and-a-half-years out of the squad.

“You’d love to have him in the squad for any game, because of his presence and leadership qualities.

“You hope when you get a spate of injuries that it comes across the board. We’re fortunate it is one in each area of the pitch, because we have got cover. But the bad news is that it is down the spine of the team and it is three leaders. We had no Byron, Steve, Shaun or Tony Craig on the pitch at Brentford – that means new leaders need to emerge. Players have to step up and lead.

“I’ve got a good group of lads and there is great spirit there. Now is when that group mentality has to shine through in an individual way too. It goes back to players taking on more responsibility.”

Shaun Hutchinson was handed the armband for the first time on Saturday.

“Hutch leads by example every day,” said Harris. “He attacks everything we do – gym sessions, training or video work. He is always at the forefront.

“I’d like him to be a little more vocal in the dressing room and on the pitch. That sometimes comes with responsibility.”