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"These are the matches players want to be involved in," says Harris

31 March 2017

Goalkeeper in doubt for crucial Scunthorpe clash

Three points off the play-off places with seven games to go, everyone at The Den knows what a win on Saturday would mean for Millwall's promotion aspirations.

And with the countdown on to the crunch match with Scunthorpe, Lions boss Neil Harris says competition for places is heating up.

"It's a massive game and as a player these are the matches you want to be involved in," Harris told millwallfc.co.uk

"We have had a bit of a blip but all teams have done it. It now comes down to how quickly we recover and come out of it and all my players want to be involved with seven games to go.

"It's not quite a 'do or die' situation but it's a great opportunity to close the gap on the teams above us on the table, teams like Scunthorpe."

The Lions return to SE16 off the back of a difficult string of away games, in which they tallied one point from three matches on the road.

Goalkeeper Jordan Archer is expected to be rested for the match after aggravating a niggle in the midweek defeat to Sheffield United.

"Jordan Archer will go for a scan and we hope it's not as serious an injury that we first thought," Chopper added.

"We also have a few knocks and niggles that always come toward the end of the season. I'll assess that and give everyone right up until kick-off to prove fit for the match this weekend."

Meanwhile, Iron boss Graham Alexander will also be forced to shuffle his squad for the tie. Defender Charlie Good has been ruled out after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in the win over promotion rivals Bradford City, while Sam Mantom and forward Kevin van Veen are also expected to miss the match through injury.

Saturday's fixture will be the focus match for Prostate Cancer UK this season.

The charity, who The Lions continue to work closely with following the groundbreaking principal sponsorship back in 2013/14, will be holding a bucket collection around the ground before kick-off to both raise awareness and needed funds.


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