BY JAKE SANDERS
Neil Harris has revealed why Jiri Skalak has missed Millwall’s last two games.
Skalak was absent from the matchday squad for the defeat against Preston North End last weekend and then yesterday’s 1-0 loss to Stoke City.
He has not trained for more than a week due to an infection and it looks unlikely that he will be fit to face Reading in three days.
Harris said: ”He is ill. He has had a bacterial infection,.
“He has not trained for nine days. He has been really unwell unfortunately.”
Asked whether the Czech Republic international will be fit for the crucial clash with Royals on Boxing Day, Harris said. “We don’t know at the moment. We will see him tomorrow, but he has been bed-ridden for nine days.”
A second-half header from Saido Berahino left Millwall without a Championship victory in eight games, but Harris was keen to praise the efforts of the travelling supporters.
More than 1,442 Lions fans made the journey up to the bet365 Stadium and despite being outnumbered, they made the majority of the noise.
He said: “I thought they were class, weren’t they? I think they see a strong Millwall performance.
“I understand a little bit of frustration because they want to win games, but to see their team play against a quality outfit like Stoke – who are getting better and better all the time – I think they would have been proud of the performance.”
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