Millwall man is fit for Leeds United match – as boss Harris has message for his Lions squad

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Jordan Archer is set to be back in the Millwall squad for Saturday’s match at high-flying Leeds United.

The goalkeeper was unwell before the international break and was not involved in the 2-0 win at St Andrews earlier this month.

Archer withdrew from Scotland duty too.

Asked if the former Tottenham youngster will be available for the Championship match at Elland Road, Lions boss Neil Harris said: “I expect Jordan to be back. He trained at the back end of the week on Thursday and Friday.

“He may have been fit enough to be involved for Scotland against San Marino on Sunday but he certainly wouldn’t have been available during the week.

“If we’d had a league game on Saturday then it would have been touch and go if he would have been fit enough to be involved.”

David Martin was started ahead of Archer in that victory over Birmingham. He kept the jersey for the FA Cup defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Ben Amos – another option to start between the posts – featured for Millwall’s U23s in a development game against Barnsley. James Meredith, Tom Elliott and Fred Onyedinma were also involved.

Harris said: “I just felt they needed some minutes.

“Jiri [Skalak] would have played as well but he had a tight groin and was unable to play.

“Conor McLaughlin needed minutes but he went away with Northern Ireland.

“It was an opportunity for some of the lads to get minutes and they all came through well.”

Shane Ferguson starts a three-match ban this weekend.

But Harris feels the displays against Birmingham and Brighton – only losing to the latter in a penalty shootout – have imbued the squad with extra confidence.

“They were two outstanding performances,” he said. “We outplayed a Premier League team for 90 minutes and then dig in during extra-time, which was a monumental effort after conceding two late goals.

“The result at Birmingham was outstanding, the manner of the performance was very, very impressive.

“The players are in good spirits and there is a buzz around the training ground. We’re just trying to find consistency in the short space between now and the start of May.

“We’ve got just under a six-week period to go and our life has to be getting results, because before we know it the season is going to be gone. The players have to give every effort and push to the end of the season, to make sure we’re winning games.”

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