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Striker dilemma for Millwall boss
DARIUS Henderson could return for Millwall at Portman Road on Saturday but manager Kenny Jackett admits he faces a
dilemma how to use the club’s top scorer if he does recover in time.
Henderson has been on the sidelines for the last four games, all of which Millwall have won thanks in no small part to the success of strike duo Andy Keogh and Harry Kane.
But with Henderson edging closer to full fitness, the Lions boss is hopeful he could be back this weekend, although it is unlikely he will be risked in the starting XI.
Jackett said: “I will be looking at Darius Henderson and Ryan Mason again tomorrow.
“Darius is close, his calf has been niggling him and I don’t want him to suddenly go after 20 minutes and use up a substitute.
“But if it is possible for him to be fit this weekend then it will be a welcome addition for us.”
One man who did make a successful return from injury in Tuesday’s 1-0 success at Coventry was Liam Trotter, who came off the bench at half-time.
But Jackett was reticent when asked if the midfield ace could be set for a starting place in Suffolk.
“We will see,” the manager said.
“Ipswich is his old club and he will be itching to play but we are pleased to have him back.”
With Millwall now safe, the Lions can at least head to Ipswich not looking over their shoulders but the manager is demanding as strong a finish as possible.
Jackett added: “We want to finish as high as we can in these two games and get as high a place in the league as we can.
“I don’t know whether it is a help having no pressure now or whether you actually need the pressure to produce good performances.
“Generally I tend to think pressure is a good thing but it is what it is.
“We are pleased to be safe sooner rather than later and now we want to be as high up the league as we possibly can with good signs for next year.
“The fact we can finish above Crystal Palace has been mentioned to me a few times but for myself I would want to finish above as many clubs as possible.”
Jackett also reiterated Millwall’s determination to keep hold of Josh Wright, who is out of contract this summer, after the midfielder was linked with Ipswich and Leeds.
He said: “We are in the process of offering Josh a contract, there are a number of things to sort out.
“The first thing is that we have to finish off our season and while all of these questions are coming up, the most important thing for me at the moment is Ipswich and Blackpool.
“But has Josh been offered a contract? The answer is yes.
“He has brought a little bit of composure on the ball in midfield since he came in.”
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