STEVE Lomas says it looks increasingly likely Liam Feeney will return to The Den from his loan spell with Bolton.

The winger made an initial three-month switch to the Reebok, although the Lions have a 28-day recall clause which can now be activated.

Millwall are prepared to consider a bid to sell the player to Dougie Freedman’s side in January once the transfer window reopens and would be keen for the Trotters to commit to this now, something which is proving to be a real sticking point between the two parties.

And with the issue yet to be resolved, Feeney could be heading down to London again next week to rejoin the Lions.

Lomas admitted: “I think Liam will come back.

“We’ve lost James Henry, and with Lee Martin and Richard Chaplow both injured, we will have to bring Liam back unless Bolton make a bid and want to keep the player.

“Then it gives us some funds to go out and get somebody else, but that is where we are at the minute.”

When asked if he expects Bolton to make a bid and get the deal done, Lomas replied: “No, I don’t think so.

“Hopefully it has worked out the way we wanted it to – Liam has gone out, got some games and comes back in a better state to make an impact and get in our first team.”

Meanwhile, Lomas reckons it wouldn’t be wise to speculate yet if John Marquis will complete a permanent move to Portsmouth in January after the young Lions striker agreed another one-month loan extension with League Two Portsmouth earlier this week.

“It is too early to say,” the Den chief said.

“John needed regular football and Portsmouth are a good club.

“It is all about his development.

“A bit part role here is no good for him.

“If he is going to make it at Millwall, he has got to be playing regular football to show what he can do.”

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