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Millwall has dealt a heavy blow over the key actor as the Christmas matches loom

Millwall manager Gary Rowett could see his squad significantly weakened over the Christmas and New Years period as Jed Wallace has yet to recover from a quad injury.

The influential Lions attacking midfielder was ready to analyze his move ahead of last weekend’s scheduled game with Preston North End at The Den.

This match was postponed, however, due to COVID cases in the Millwall camp, giving the 27-year-old more time to recover from his problem.

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Apparently that didn’t work, with the five-goal player likely to miss his club’s upcoming games against Swansea City on Boxing Day, Coventry City on December 29 and Bristol City on January 2.

Wallace has missed just 12 league appearances for Millwall since the start of the 2017-18 season which is an exemplary record and his consistency on the pitch has helped him when it comes to his steady supply of goals and assists decisive.

That’s why he would be a major loss over the holiday season – but Rowett hasn’t officially ruled him out, instead he’s taking precautions.

“Based on his injury, we would have hoped he had a chance to feature”, Rowett said, by London News Online.

“But, in terms of progression, he’s not progressing as fast as we would like.

“This is a question that we will have to assess. You have to be careful with a quad stump, how fast you bring it back.

“I imagine Boxing Day there would be a doubt. And if he has any doubts about Boxing Day, he will clearly be on the 29th.

“There is a chance that he will miss both games, but there is also a chance that he will recover in time. We still have a little time.

The verdict

Wallace is the man who rocked Millwall and for as long as many fans at the club will remember, he’s never really been afraid of injury since coming to The Den.

So the fact that he might miss the next two or three games is a big concern for their chances, especially when they haven’t won that many games recently.

They aren’t a one-man team by any stretch of the imagination, but the Lions are definitely better with Wallace than without.

There will be hope that points can be scored if he has to stay on the sidelines – a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest earlier in the season while he was out proves it can be done, but their chances of success are surely diminishing without it.

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