CROCKED LIONS ACE TOM: I’LL RE­TURN STRONGER

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Gra­ham Brown

MILL­WALL striker Tom Brad­shaw is ex­pected to miss the rest of the sea­son af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery on a knee lig­a­ment in­jury.

The 26-year-old re­turned to the Cham­pi­onship in Au­gust, join­ing the Lions on loan from Barns­ley in a deal which will be­come per­ma­nent for a re­ported £1m in Jan­uary.

Brad­shaw made ten ap­pear­ances for Mill­wall, be­fore dam­ag­ing lig­a­ments late on in the 2-0 de­feat to Brent­ford two weeks ago.

The Wales in­ter­na­tional had a planned op­er­a­tion at Cromwell Hos­pi­tal on Tues­day and will now un­dergo an ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme with Mill­wall’s fit­ness and sports sci­ence staff.

Boss Neil Har­ris said: “He’s suf­fered a knee lig­a­ment in­jury and his sea­son will be over.

“We wish him all the best and look for­ward to work­ing with him over the next pe­riod of time, through to pre-sea­son, to get him back fit and, fun­da­men­tally, look­ing to have him back fit for pre-sea­son to be a big part for us next year.”

Brad­shaw vowed to re­turn stronger in a se­ries of im­ages posted on In­sta­gram.

He said: “It’s a tough one too get my head round, es­pe­cially as it’s hap­pened so early into my Mill­wall ca­reer.

“I only hope that the fans, who have been bril­liant with me since sign­ing, can be pa­tient and I prom­ise I’ll be back fit­ter and stronger than ever.”

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