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Saturday team news

20 December 2013

Who's in, who's out, who's a doubt

Lions boss Steve Lomas will be forced to make at least one change for the visit of Middlesbrough in Saturday's tea-time televised game at The Den - but could be tempted to make more as Millwall aim to bounce back from last weekend's defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Striker Martyn Waghorn signed off his 93-day loan with The Lions by scoring in the 3-2 defeat at Ewood Park, but has now returned to parent club Leicester City. His departure could pave the way for former Boro frontman Scott McDonald to return to the starting line-up alongside in-form Steve Morison, who has hit three goals in as many games.

However Jermaine Easter and Andy Keogh are both also vying for a first team return as Millwall look to extend their unbeaten run on home soil to eight games.

Whilst The Lions have looked useful as an attacking threat this season, the manner in which the team have shipped goals - 40 in the Championship to date - is a real frustration to the manager and Lomas could be tempted to shuffle his defensive pack.

Skipper Paul Robinson and right-back Alan Dunne both sustained heavy knocks in the Blackburn game, but were back in training at the end of the week. Danny Shittu, Shane Lowry and Jack Smith offer defensive options should Lomas decide to make changes at the back, but Justin Hoyte is unavailable to play as part of the terms of his loan from Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will be missing the services of Jason Steele (ankle), but is set to hand goalkeeper Shay Given a fifth successive start following his loan move from Aston Villa three weeks ago.

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