Charlton Athletic defender Deji Oshilaja has insisted that the club’s injury crisis isn’t causing the players too much concern, as they sunk to 17th with defeat at the weekend.
Lee Bowyer’s Charlton were looking to celebrate the news of their recent takeover with a win at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday lunchtime, but a brace from Steven Fletcher and a late goal for Atdhe Nuhiu gave the Owls a 3-1 win at The Valley.
It was another fixture in which Bowyer was unable to fulfil his seven-man bench and in recent weeks, they’ve had to recall the likes of Alfie Doughty from Bromley and Albie Morgan from Ebbsfleet to go straight into the first-team.
Bowyer had nine first-team players ruled out on Saturday, but Oshilaja believes that his side will come out of this ‘injury crisis’ on top:
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“It’s definitely unsettling but we are professionals and we’ll get on with the job,” the 26-year-old told News Hopper.
“As a squad I don’t think we are worried, we are down to the bare bones and we know results aren’t good enough, but I think if you dissect the games we’ve been in every game.
“We are going through a bad patch, but we’ll get out of it and finish strong – hopefully we get a good rest now and the players who’ve been ill will come back before we go on the weekend.”
Charlton next travel up to Middlesbrough on Saturday and take a run of one win in ten to the struggling Boro, who’ve won one in 12 under Jonathan Woodgate.
At the start of the season, Charlton looked like they could be dark horses for a play-off spot. But that was when they had a fully-fit team and right now, Charlton will be lucky to be playing Championship football next season.
Injuries have ruined their season but most of the injured should be back by Christmas, and then Bowyer’s side can really kick on again.
The main miss has been Lyle Taylor. He scored five in six before his injury and without him, the Addicks have won just two in 13 – Taylor’s return as well others will be a huge boost for Charlton, and he’ll be looking to fire his side back up the table.