Trotter Amongst Trio Returning for Millwall Thursday, 6th Dec 2012 11:58
Former Blue Liam Trotter is expected to be one of three Millwall first teamers back for Saturday’s game at Town having been out with injury. Striker Darius Henderson and winger James Henry, a Blues target in the summer of 2011, are also likely to return.
Trotter, who joined the Lions in the summer of 2010 having been on loan at the Den after turning down a contract at Portman Road, has been suffering with an adductor problem, while Henderson and Henry have had hamstring and calf injuries respectively.
Manager Kenny Jackett told the News Shopper: “They are on target to all be back for Saturday. It will depend on today and tomorrow’s training, of course, but I would say so far this week they have looked good and look set to be OK.
“It is a huge boost for us to have them back because it increases competition and our options within the squad.”
The Lions have continued their good run of form in their absence, taking their unbeaten run to 13 games, having picked up six wins in their last eight matches.
Jackett says his opposite number Mick McCarthy has made a significant impression since taking over at Portman Road just over a month ago: “Ipswich have had a good run and picked up some results lately with a new manager.
“The crowd and the place will be very positive, which will make it a tough game. I think looking through their squad they are a very competitive Championship side.
“For whatever reason before Mick came in results haven’t quite gone their way this year. On Saturday it will be a very positive place on the back of their 2-1 win last week at Bolton.”
Meanwhile, Blues defender Tommy Smith says he’s looking forward to facing his New Zealand international room-mate Chris Wood on Saturday.
“Chris is a good mate of mine and it will be good to come up against him on Saturday if we are both playing,” he told the club website.
“He’s scoring goals for fun at the moment and he’s definitely one player we will have to keep an eye on. I wish him all the best after Saturday but for the 90 minutes I hope he doesn’t get a kick!”
Smith will also come up against his former team-mate Trotter: “Trotts is doing well for them and it will be good to see him too. They are on a fantastic run, but we’ve also performed well in our last couple of games so it should be a good battle.”
^ wasn't a sale. We offered him a contract, Millwall offered him a better one and he accepted it having helped them get promoted. We got some petty compensation, but really should have made of an effort to keep him.
Agree with KentBlue. We never made a real effort to keep Trotter. He left Millwall for first team football which is understandable. Always thought whenever he played for us he could be a decent player at this level. Oh well, not much we can do about it now! Even though Millwall are unbeaten in 13, I have a good feeling about us at the moment! Always thought our squad on paper is good enough to challenge at the top half of the table, it just needs a manager who can get the best out of them and I genuinely believe McCarthy is the man! Onwards and upwards! 3 points and we can maybe start catching up with the mid table teams! COYB!
Reckon we will burst Millwall's bubble sat. Let's look to the future & forget past mistakes. Well done Liam for having made a great go of your career. Now let's hope we have learnt from past mistakes.Onwards & Upwards. 3 points sat for MM's blue army.
If I remember rightly there was a fee agreed when he went on loan in case he decided he wanted to stay there rather than return here, as in the end he did. Think it was something along the lines of £200,000.
Trotter is deffo one that got away, we made no real effort to keep him and were shedding young players left right and centre around the time he left. Few on here complained at the time or seemed to rate him, despite his obvious potential. The way I remember it, he was unluckily sent off in the FA cup and was subsequently written off by clueless Keane and sadly most of the fanbase too. Thankfully it looks like McCarthy puts more stock in the younger lads, having talked positively about Hyam, Smith, Hewitt etc and the part they have to play in the future of this club.
I dont think anyone was comparing Trotter to Rhodes merely saying they were equally bad decisions of letting young players go . I would add Garvan to that list aswell as looked very impressive for the league leaders this season but not good enough for Ipswich or Keane ? 3 good talents let go who would all be in our starting line up now ,fans need to be a little more patient aswell ,Garvan and Trotter were treated very poorly by sections of our supporters even booed at times a disgrace
In many ways tomorrow is the perfect game for us after a good run we should have a bit of confidence and there should be a decent crowd. With Mick having been associated with Millwall he will be determined to beat them especially considering Millwall are 12 unbeaten. I dont really like Millwall as a club but I have alot of respect for Kenny Jackett, an underated manager and what he has achieved on a such a small budget has been very impressive, and proves you dont have to spend left right and centre to be successfull in this division. Predicting a tight game but us to come out 1-0 victors.
I just love the fact Kenny Jacket's quote was taken from that well know and highly publicised journal... The News Shopper??? But hold the front page, I just read in the Exhange and Mart that Darren Bent is going to Liverpool in Jan ;-)
Oi. Don't you go knocking that venerable organ, The News Shopper. It's as good as it gets round here, Millwall being my local team, so Saturday is a bit like a local derby for me - it'll be horrible at work on Monday if the lions do us. Anyway, what I really wanted to say was that they absolutely love Trotter round these parts: his is the first name they look for on the team sheet (as he does get injured quite a lot). We don't know whether he or Rhodes would've worked out at Town, bearing in mind they both began to get regular games when dropping a division and probably learning their crafts that way, rather than being in and out -mostly out- of the first team here. You never know do you?
Talbs77 ..... I would say that anyone and everyone in Football (who knows the game !! ) would agree with your last point ref Rhodes - however - I do recall some wags on here saying:- he's not proven, won't make the next level, etc; etc; - 'a natural goalscorer' can be spotted a mile away - Jordan Rhodes is one - and always will be.
Just keep following him !! ..... and ALL will see.