Charlton Athletic defender Ben Purrington has taken to Instagram to reflect on his return to senior action in the club’s recent clash with Gillingham.
The left-back was forced to watch on from the sidelines during the opening weeks of the 2021/22 campaign after suffering a hamstring injury during a pre-season clash with Reading.
In Purrington’s absence, the Addicks made a poor start to the current term as they only managed to pick up four points from eight games.
Having made a full recovery from his issue, the 25-year-old was handed a start in Charlton’s showdown with Gillingham on Tuesday.
The Addicks were forced to settle for a draw at Priestfield Stadium after Elliot Lee’s strike was cancelled out by an unfortunate own-goal from Purrington.
Charlton will now be looking to get back to winning ways in the third-tier this weekend when they face Portsmouth at The Valley.
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Currently 21st in League One, the Addicks could potentially leapfrog Ipswich Town and Gillingham in the standings if they seal all three points in their meeting with Pompey.
Reflecting on his return to action, Purrington has admitted on Instagram that whilst he was frustrated with the result, he was happy to be involved for Charlton in this particular clash.
The left-back posted: “Frustrating not to get the win last night [Tuesday] but nice to be back out there.”
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Purrington will now be hoping to play a key role in helping Charlton move up the League One standings after making his first appearance of the season for the club.
Certainly no stranger to life in the third-tier, the defender has featured on 83 occasions in this division during his career and thus knows exactly what it takes to compete at this level.
Having recorded a relatively underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.17 against Gillingham, Purrington will be determined to deliver an eye-catching performance against Portsmouth if he is selected by Nigel Adkins for this fixture.
If Charlton seal victory in-front of their supporters this weekend, they may be able to use the momentum gained from this result to push on in the third-tier.