Millwall boss able to deliver positive news on key striker – but Tom Bradshaw prognosis not clear yet

Gary Rowett has given a positive update on Kevin Nisbet after the Millwall striker missed Saturday’s 0-0 draw against West Brom.

The Scotland international was forced off during the 3-0 win over Rotherham on Wednesday night.

But Lions boss Rowett does not expect his summer signing to be out for a significant period.

“We are hoping it’s not as bad as first feared, ” he said. “We will probably only know that when he can get back out on the pitches. I think he’s got a tear in his ankle ligament but, again, we think it’s perhaps an old one, so might not be as problematic.

“It could easily turn into an issue when he goes back out on to the pitches but he’s certainly not going to be out for weeks. I think it’s a case of ‘let’s have a little look in the next week or so and see where he’s at’.”

Tom Bradshaw had to be replaced in the 82nd minute of Saturday’s contest after struggling off the back of a challenge, Rowett was not 100 per cent sure on the prognosis in his post-match press conference.

He said: “I think he just felt his hamstring. It looked like a muscle injury. I thought the lad landed on him and it was a bit of a dead leg at the time. He said he felt it just before – but he’s had to go two games on the spin, played 90 minutes and then and had to go again.

“It’s the nature of the beast but it makes it a real challenge when you’ve got a small squad.”

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