Millwall Handed Major Boost In Relegation Race

Millwall have been handed a major boost in their bid for survival as head coach Neil Harris has confirmed that Tom Bradshaw is out of his protective boot and could return to action over the coming weeks.

Following Joe Edwards’ sacking back in February and Harris’ return to the dugout at The Den, the Lions have picked up three victories and a draw in five games, pulling them further away from the relegation zone. The team’s only defeat under the 46-year-old came on Saturday away at league leaders Leeds United.

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Millwall still have some massive games remaining in the final eight games of the campaign, including fixtures away to bottom-of-the-table Rotherham United and fellow relegation-threatened Huddersfield Town. These fixtures may prove pivotal to the side’s hopes of achieving survival in England’s second tier.

According to Opta’s latest projections, the London outfit now only have a 4.6% chance of being relegated to League One after picking up ten points from the last 15 available, although Harris’ men still have some tough games coming up against the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City and Sunderland.

Millwall have injury issues at present with some key players absent from the squad, including centre-forward Bradshaw. The Welsh striker suffered a problem with his Achilles prior to a 1-0 win at home to Watford at the beginning of the month and Harris was fearful that the 31-year-old would be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

However, speaking to the London News Online, the manager revealed that Bradshaw is out of his protective boot and could be on the grass as early as next week:

“Bradders has come out of his protective boot and is hopefully going to be back on the grass with the medical team next week,” he said.

“No definitive return to playing date for Tom Bradshaw, but we are a lot more confident he will return in the coming weeks, rather than next season. We’re hoping to see Tom Bradshaw back on the pitch this season.”

Writer’s View

Bradshaw has been a key player for Millwall this season, even if the campaign hasn’t quite gone as well as he would have hoped. The experienced frontman has played 31 times in all competitions across three different head coaches, registering seven goal contributions in the process.

Given the side have struggled for goals this season, Harris will need all his best players back and ready to play and the return of Bradshaw later in the campaign could give the team a massive boost over the final few weeks.


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