Charlton Athletic will have no doubt been boosted last night by the return of Josh Cullen to the first-team fold, as the West Ham loanee made his long-awaited comeback from a ankle ligament injury.
The young midfielder will certainly be a welcome returnee for Lee Bowyer’s side in the weeks to come as they seek to put some much-needed distance between themselves and the other Championship relegation candidates.
Prior to his injury setback, Cullen displayed some brilliant form since returning to the Valley for his second successive loan spell, putting in some impressive showings throughout the 17 appearances that he has been afforded.
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Bowyer will be pleased to see that his side’s current injury crisis is slowly beginning to lessen over time, with the Addicks boss having also welcomed back his talismanic striker Lyle Taylor in recent weeks after recovering from a knee injury.
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One man who will certainly benefit from the return of Cullen to the first-team fold is veteran midfielder Darren Pratley, with the former Swansea City man having come under increasing strain in recent weeks as the club continues to deal with its long list of absentees.
Cullen’s return should in theory reduce the amount of defensive work that Pratley has had to take on in his absence, thus allowing the 34-year-old to focus on the other important areas of his game.
The reappearance of Cullen in the first team fold will, in theory, reduce the amount of opportunites that have been previously afforded to Morgan, who has played regularly during his teammate’s enforced period of absence.
Morgan may now have to settle for a place back on the Charlton bench, with Cullen having previously developed a strong understanding with Pratley prior to sustaining his ankle ligament injury, thus making him a strong contender to reaffirm his role as a regular starter under Bowyer.