Millwall boss Harris full of praise for Byron Webster’s total dedication to recover from serious injury

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Byron Webster’s return from a serious knee injury is reward for his dedication in the long rehabilitation process.

That is the verdict of Millwall manager Neil Harris, who handed a new 12-month deal to the experienced centre-back, 31, earlier this summer.

Webster had been due to be a free agent but penned a contract until June 2019.

He played the second 45 minutes in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Darford. He damaged cruciate knee ligaments at the end of September and missed the rest of the 2017-18 campaign.

Harris said: “I am delighted for him. He is a great character. You could see a little bit of rustiness in Byron – it is going to take weeks and weeks to get rid off.

“But he has come back into the fold at the perfect time – pre-season. Everyone comes in on an even keel. He has worked tirelessly to get back on the pitch and has shown dedication being away from his family.

‘People will say that is what he is paid to do but he has gone above and beyond. I look forward to him getting fitter and fitter all the time. He is laying down some markers for himself and knows where he needs to get to.

“He has got to keep pushing himself. He has done every minute of pre-season so far and to get 45 minutes is a real confidence booster for him.”

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