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Harris on team selection ahead of Millwall's trip to Chesterfield

26 August 2016

Boss upbeat despite injury doubts

Neil Harris admits that Millwall have some injury concerns going into this weekend's game against Chesterfield but is confident his squad are capable of dealing with the busy fixture schedule.

Last Tuesday's EFL Cup Second Round tie at home to Nottingham Forest was a sixth game inside the first 18 days of the season and there is no sign of let-up just yet with Saturday's trip to the Proact Stadium quickly followed by West Brom's visit to The Den in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday.

Harris has been shuffling his pack with each passing game and could well do so again this weekend against Danny Wilson's Spireites side. 

"There is going to be some late decisions on players - that's for sure," he said.

"Fred (Onyedinma) and Aiden (O'Brien) coming off against Nottingham Forest means they could be struggling and Lee Gregory is also doubtful.

"I've already been quoted saying that it's a crazy fixture list right at the start of the season and it really doesn't help the teams at lower levels because of the size of the squads.

"What we want here is a competitive group, which is what we've got, so when there are injuries or suspensions other players can come in fit and raring to go. That could well be the case this weekend.

"What I was pleased about on Tuesday was that some others came in and took their opportunity to do well and impress me, their team-mates and the fans, so that is a positive for us going in Saturday's game."

Millwall's midfield options have been boosted by the arrival of Calum Butcher from Burton Albion and Harris has hinted that the 25-year-old could be involved this weekend.

"Calum played 90 minutes against Liverpool on Tuesday night and has been involved in other games for Burton so far," he added.

"He is fit and ready to be included in the squad on Saturday and will be determined to try and get a place in the starting line-up."

Chesterfield have won two of their opening four League games and will provide a stern test for Millwall on Saturday, as Harris explains. 

"I think it will quite similar to many of the games we've played so far," the boss continued.

"Chesterfield like to keep the ball, play through the lines and overload areas. They have had a settled team so far this season so Danny knows what his best side is and will stick with it.

"They have had some good results so it will be a tough game for us but a real good challenge."

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