Setback for Lions defender
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Millwall will be without defender Zak Whitbread for a further three months.
Millwall will be without Zak Whitbread for a further three months, although the defender could return before the end of the season.
Whitbread has not played for the League One club since mid-December and was originally expected to be out for six weeks.
But his pelvic injury has turned out to be more serious than initially hoped and the American is set to miss another three months.
"Zak has a condition that affects the front of his pelvis, where two bones meet," explained physio Terry Standing to the club's official website.
"It is not an injury that has specifically been caused by a knock in a game, but one of those things that has degenerated a bit over a period of time, so he is having to take it a bit easy.
"We are focusing on strengthening him up around his core, midline area, so that he will be stronger to resist any forces when he gets back playing.
"Hopefully that could be before the end of the season, because the three-month rehabilitation programme takes Zak near to the end of April."
Whitbread has made 20 appearances for Millwall this season after completing a free transfer move from Liverpool in the summer, having spent much of last term on loan at The Den.