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Millwall skipper set to make welcome return at Hull
PAUL Robinson could make his first start of the season at Hull on Saturday after a groin injury blighted his scheduled return from a summer hernia operation.
The Millwall captain has been a frustrated spectator from the sidelines as the Lions have won two and lost two of their opening four Championship games.
But with a busy week coming up, Robinson looks set to make a welcome return and could even feature at the KC Stadium.
Manager Kenny Jackett said: “Paul is fully fit, has trained well and is looking to be involved in these next three games.
“They are three very big games for us, away at Hull to start with and then at home to Cardiff and Brighton.
“We haven’t had any clean sheets yet although we’ve got two wins out of four, we’ve played pretty well but Paul has a big influence.
“He is a very good captain and any team would miss him.”
One man who won’t be featuring in the first team any time soon is Tam Mkandawire, whose return to the fold remains some way off.
Jackett explained: “Tam is still working hard.
“His knee has been fine but I think he is still short of match fitness and needs more games at reserve team level.
“He will get those.
“I don’t want to put any sort of pressure on him by stating he must be back by this time or that time.
“His knee has been fine and that’s a really good thing because he is a vital player for Millwall but when he comes back we want him to stay back and be 100 percent.
“At the moment Tam needs to keep working towards match fitness and I don’t want to put an actual date on his recovery because I want him to develop at his own pace and his time towards getting back into our first team.
“He is a very diligent professional who does everything correctly.
“Tam is working very hard to getting the match fitness he needs to play in the Championship, which is a very high standard.”
Millwall head to Hull on the back of a very impressive performance and 3-1 result against Middlesbrough on September 1.
And with the Tigers also having won their last game 3-1 against Bolton, Jackett knows a tough encounter awaits.
He said: “We are looking forward to the game.
“They had a terrific win in their last match by beating Bolton and with the new manager there they have fresh impetus on a very sound base because they were close to being in the play-offs last year and just fell away towards the end.
“Hull will certainly have aspirations towards being promotion candidates this year and results like the Bolton one will help their cause.”
Meanwhile, Jackett confirmed there has been no fresh approach from Charlton for Dany N’Guessan now that the emergency loan window has opened.
“It has gone very quiet on that front so there is nothing new to say about it,” the Lions chief added.
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