Jackett hopeful Keogh will face Tykes

Andy Keogh. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

Andy Keogh. PICTURE BY EDMUND BOYDEN.

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MILLWALL boss Kenny Jackett has played down fears striker Andy Keogh is set for an instant spell on the sidelines.

Keogh pulled out of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Brighton during the warm-up with a reoccurrence of a toe injury which has plagued him in recent weeks.

Despite the blow, Jackett is confident the Republic of Ireland international will be fit for Saturday’s game with Barnsley.

“It is not too bad,” the manager said.

“We are going to X-ray it today and see how it is just to see if there is some improvement.

“Lately we have been injecting it to play but we can’t keep doing that so we need to see some sort of improvement in it soon.

“He will play on Saturday if we need him.”

Fellow Lions striker Darius Henderson had been out for six weeks with a hamstring injury but returned to the squad in midweek.

With Keogh battling a toe injury, Henderson’s return will be welcomed by the Den boss who may well throw the target-man straight in on Saturday.

“Yes, he is raring to go,” Jackett explained.

“He came on as a late sub at Brighton and he is 100 percent fit and in the squad.”

Millwall will not play on Boxing Day after the Brighton game was rearranged so the visit of Barnsley is the only thing on the manager’s mind.

The Tykes will visit The Den in the relegation zone but with no new injury problems for the hosts, it is still a game Jackett knows Millwall will have to work hard for to secure all three points.

He said: “Our squad is looking OK after Tuesday.

“Every game in the Championship you can either win or lose, no matter who you are playing.

“If you play a top side and get your game right you can win, like Peterborough away at Cardiff last week.

“If you went to a game and didn’t know the table, you wouldn’t know who was where in the league most of the time in the Championship.

“We will need to get the crowd on side early on.”

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