Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has given an injury update on his team, after both Sam Field and Jake Forster-Caskey were forced off the pitch in their side’s 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in the Championship last night.
It was an enticing encounter for the neutral fan – seven yellow cards were shown on the night and a straight red for Famara Diedhiou, who sparked a player-brawl after kicking out at Jason Pearce.
Macauley Bonne gave Charlton the lead shortly after the hour-mark, and they looked like they were in for a shock win at Ashton Gate until Diedhiou headed home before vacating the field.
The brawl added a few more minutes onto the end of the game and in the 98th, Josh Brownhill scored his second league goal of the season to take Bristol City to 4th in the table with the 2-1 win.
It was a bad night for Bowyer in many ways, no less with two of his players having to leave the game injured in the first half.
“We’re rapidly running out of numbers” said Bowyer after the game.
“Sam Field’s not looking good. He’s done something to his knee. We’re running out of bodies, for sure.”
Field was stretchered off after half-an-hour last night, the 21-year-old looking to have picked up a serious injury after impressing for Charlton in midfield so far this season.
No more than three-minutes later, Jake Forster-Caskey was forced off the pitch with a suspected hamstring injury.
“It’s a hamstring for Jake, he’ll be out for a few weeks I guess. We just can’t get a break at the minute, you know? But it is what it is.”
Bowyer also gave an update on Lyle Taylor – the striker scored five goals in his first six games of the season before picking up an injury on international duty with Montserrat in August.
“Lyle has come out of the brace, so now I think we can start doing a bit of work with him but obviously he’s still a way off yet. It’s still weeks away.”
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Charlton and Bowyer have been dealt a harsh hand with the injuries of Field and Forster-Caskey last night.
Both have been first-team regulars this season and replacing them will be tough for Bowyer, who’s already having to cope without his star man Taylor in what’s becoming an injury crisis for the club.
But he’s adapted without Taylor and he’ll sure do the same without Field and Forster-Caskey, and Bowyer’s side will keep plugging away in the Championship.