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Millwall's chairman, Theo Paphitis, was cautiously optimistic about his side's chances in their first major European adventure after drawing Ferencvaros in the Uefa Cup.

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There was a significant absentee when Millwall welcomed the press to the Den yesterday: Dennis Wise, their player-manager. Wise has often had a fractious relationship with the national media but his excuse was all-too real. He was in Italy receiving emergency treatment on a leg injury, believed to be a calf problem. His chances of making Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United are described as "hopeful" at best.

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