Millwall defender expected to be back in 10 weeks – as Harris provides injury update for Bolton game

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Murray Wallace is facing around 10 weeks out with his ankle and knee ligament damage – and Millwall chief Neil Harris admits the severity of his injuries could have been a lot worse.

The defender looks highly unlikely to feature again for the Lions this season.

Wallace suffered the injuries during last month’s match at Hull City.

“It’s a blow in the first place because Murray was in top form and a really important member of the group,” said Harris. “You don’t want to lose anybody at this stage of the season.

“Once you get over that and you realise what the severity of the injury could’ve been – do you you ankle and knee ligaments at the same time is really unfortunate. You’re expecting some quite bad news. So this is the best-case scenario, really.

“The damage to his ankle ligaments will be eight to 10 weeks recovery and his medial ligaments will be 10 weeks. It’s very unlikely we’ll see Murray again this season.

“The positive side is that he has had a good first season for us and he’ll be ready for next season.

“As ever, stepping up from the league below, there has to be a settling in period – getting used to new surroundings and style of play. He had to be patient in the first couple of months and force his way in. But he had been a mainstay for a while and chipped in some really important goals as well.”

Aiden O’Brien, Tom Elliott and Conor McLaughlin all got minutes for Millwall’s U23s in midweek.

And Harris has reported no fresh knocks for Millwall’s match at Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Ben Marshall, ineligible to face his parent club Norwich last weekend, is back available for selection.

“Everybody looks okay,” said Harris. “There are a few knocks, as usual. A couple of the boys didn’t train at the start of the week, due to knocks.”