Jackett plays down Whitbread's return

It seems it's out of sight, out of mind as far as City's new signing Zak Whitbread and his former boss at Millwall, Kenny Jackett, are concerned.Whitbread, pictured, left the New Den for Carrow Road last month after rejecting a new contract with the Lions last summer, which earned him a place on the transfer list.

It seems it's out of sight, out of mind as far as City's new signing Zak Whitbread and his former boss at Millwall, Kenny Jackett, are concerned.

Whitbread, pictured, left the New Den for Carrow Road last month after rejecting a new contract with the Lions last summer, which earned him a place on the transfer list.

The centre-half is unlikely to displace Michael Nelson this weekend, although that won't stop Millwall fans celebrating if they can get one over him.

But their manager is playing down Whitbread's return: 'I'm really not interested, to be honest. Zak did well for me and for the club last season and I thank him for that,' Jackett said.


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'This year he's moved onto other things, which is his choice, and I've got no problem with him on a personal level. He's just another ex-player and I've played against many of them in my time in football, so my focus isn't going to particularly be on him at all.'

Jackett believes recent form proves his team can match City.

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'The side should gain some confidence from recent results and every game is different,' said Jackett. 'I'm sure that with the quality we have in our side and the quality of the opposition that this will be a real good game.

'It's a great game to play in - against the top side when we're sixth in the league ourselves - and a game that we as players, managers and supporters think we can thrive in.'

While City are without Grant Holt, serving the third and final game of his suspension, Jackett says Millwall won't neglect the threat of Chris Martin and Wes Hoolahan.

'If you score the amount of goals that he (Grant Holt) has scored this season, and considering the fact he is their captain, it shows what he means to their opposition,' Jackett admitted.

'Their front three of Martin, Holt and Hoolahan are well-over the 50-goal mark for the season and, even though one of them isn't playing, we have to keep the other two quiet.'

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