KENNY JACKETT is battling a deepening injury crisis as he prepares for Town’s visit to Millwall on Saturday.
The latest setbacks for the Lions boss are problems for new boy James Henry, who pulled a hamstring at Gillingham, and veteran striker Neil Harris, who suffered a recurrence of a calf problem as the Londoners lost 2-0, their third successive defeat, all away from home.
Former Swansea manager Jackett is desperate for a three-point bonus in front of the New Den faithful, but looks like being without winger Henry, brought in on loan from Reading for a second spell at the South London club, and Harris.
Jackett, who recently brought in former Town midfielder Danny Schofield from Yeovil and Wolves centre-back Darren Ward (on loan) said: “We’ve picked up two more injuries and that’s the way it seems to be going for us at the moment.
“James’ problem looks worse than Neil’s but I couldn’t put a timescale on things at the moment.”
Jackett is definitely without defenders Paul Robinson, Tony Craig, Pat O’Connor and Zak Whitbread on Saturday.
And as well as Henry and Harris, there are question marks against midfielders Marc Laird and Jason Price and striker Gary Alexander.
Last season’s beaten play-off finalists are 16th in League I after losing at Bristol Rovers, then Gillingham (their other recent loss was at Barnet in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy).
But the Lions have a strong home record, having not been beaten since Colchester won 1-0 in March.
Kent referee Phil Crossley will take charge on Saturday.
It’s his ninth appointment this season (he took Saturday’s League II clash between Aldershot and Port Vale) but his first Town game since the 2-1 defeat at Cheltenham in September 2006.