Date: 30th September 2019 at 7:30pm
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Luke Steele joined Millwall on loan until January 2020 to provide cover for the injured Frank Fielding, but he’s found himself playing second-fiddle to Bartosz Bialkowski this season.

Fielding has been tipped by Neil Harris to return in November, however, so Steele could be surplus to requirements in two months – the Nottingham Forest stopper admitted in August that he could leave when the 31-year-old returns.

Fielding was first-choice between the sticks, but his injury gave an opportunity to Bialkowski that he’s taken with both hands. Steele has spent the campaign mostly as an unused substitute and has only featured in the EFL Cup.

The 35-year-old has sat on the bench in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion (August 10), 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday (August 17), 4-0 defeat to Fulham (August 21), 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough (August 24), 1-1 draw with Hull City (August 31), 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers (September 14), 2-1 defeat to Queens Park Rangers (September 21) and 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town (September 28).

Steele’s only appearances have come in the EFL Cup first round against West Bromwich Albion (August 13) and second round against Oxford United (August 27), so it’s not been the best loan spell for his pursuit of first-team football.

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