Neil Harris faces a selection dilemma as Millwall prepare for a “notoriously tough” trip to Blackburn Rovers.

Apart from Jiri Skalak and Tom Elliott, most of the squad is expected to travel to Ewood Park as three players return from international duty.

Harris said it was a boost to have Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Shane Ferguson and Jayson Molumby back, after all three were involved in match action, but is wary of overloading them too soon.

And coupled with trying to find a balance between consistency and providing opportunities to those who deserve it, picking a team could be a headache for the Lions boss.

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He said: “There’s certainly a long thought process with regards to team selection going into Saturday, and you do have to weigh up with international players whether they’re ready to come back and play.

“Yes, they may have gone away and done well, playing plenty of minutes, but then we have to take into account how much they have played and their travelling, too.

“I do have thoughts in my mind over what team I’d like to play, but I will have to see how players are up until the game before naming the side.

“There are a lot of factors to consider, and with players like Jason McCarthy, Shaun Hutchinson and Luke Steele gaining match fitness, all the players are now up to speed.

“They’ve all played well this season which makes it even tougher, and I do want some consistency to the team, but you want to give players the opportunity when they’re doing well.

“Every player knows they have an opportunity to play, which maintains the hunger, desire and training standards.”

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Skalak is unavailable due to injury while Elliott, who was linked with moves away from The Den during the summer transfer window, is regaining match fitness.

Despite not wanting to give the trio of internationals too much too soon, Harris insists they have a positive effect on the squad when they come back.

He added: “All three [Bodvarsson, Ferguson and Molumby] did exceptionally well while they were away, and it’s a real good boost to have them back.

“Whether they’ve won, lost or drawn whilst away, as long as they’ve been in a happy camp, they bring that positivity back with them. That’s why I’m so keen for the players to go away with their national sides, play and do well.

“Blackburn were very solid last year and they have some very good attacking players, as all teams have at this level.

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“I’ve seen Tony [Mowbray] talk about a bit of an inconsistent start they’ve had to the season, and you’re never quite sure what personnel you’re going to face. What we do know is that they’re a high-energy team with some very good footballers and they can play from the back.

“It’s another tough challenge for us, and Ewood Park is a notoriously tough place to go, so we have to be at it from the first whistle and we have to compete.”