Charlton Athletic’s injury woes have largely provided the backdrop of the club’s season so far this term, with a plethora of players having been sidelined during the last few months.
One man who was seemingly nearing a return to first team action was 23-year-old full back Lewis Page, with Charlton’s official Twitter account speaking of their collective delight at seeing the defender make an appearance in the starting eleven for the club’s under 23 side today against Crystal Palace.
However, despite making his timely return to playing action, Page once again suffered a shock recurrence of the injury that had kept him out for months, with the player subsequently taking to Twitter to voice his frustrations.
Yesterday was tough to take🥺🤕. Everyone can have their opinions and say what they like but one thing I’ll never do is give up and stop working hard. I still believe I’ll be fully fit to my best and fulfilling my… https://t.co/wbFllHIgLx
— Lewis Page (@LewisPage3) January 23, 2020
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Page of course has been sidelined since the start of the campaign after picking up an injury at the back end of the club’s pre-season schedule, meaning that Lee Bowyer has had to work hard to adapt his side’s system of play accordingly to deal with Page’s absence.
Here, we take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser at Charlton as Lewis Page suffers yet another injury blow….
The youngster would surely be the main beneficiary of Page’s absence as it would allow Bowyer to continue to provide the versatile forward with more starting opportunities, with Doughty having been used as a makeshift left wing back on the odd occasion this term.
Page will surely be keen to re-establish himself as the club’s first choice full back once he returns, whilst Doughty will be keen to impress his manager in the meantime.
The main loser of this development is almost inevitably Ben Purrington, with the former AFC Wimbledon defender having so far failed to convince in the left back role this term, the presence of Page would’ve in theory given the young full back the motivation to up his game.
Page offers a far better option from an attacking perspective, so for this reason the more defensively minded figure of Purrington could find himself being second choice once the 23-year-old returns to fitness if he doesn’t improve his own performances.