Charlton Athletic will be without key midfielder Krystian Bielik for tomorrow’s clash with Wycombe Wanderers, a game in which they could almost seal their place in the play-offs.
A victory at Adams Park would give them a fifteen point gap over Peterborough in seventh, with six games left for Posh to play. If they are going to defeat Gareth Ainsworth’s side, they’ll have to do it without the on-loan Arsenal mdidfielder.
Bielik limped out of the 2-0 win at Plymouth this weekend and is definitely ruled out of tomorrow night’s encounter.
“We’ve lost Krystian – he is out,” Addicks boss Lee Bowyer told South London Press and Mercury.
“His ankle was playing up. He did it when he was away with Poland [U21s]. We brought him in [to the side] on Saturday and he was in pain. We are going to try and repair that, get it as good as we can for the weekend.”
“We don’t know, that might be too soon. He is definitely out for Tuesday.”
Bielik struggled through 63 minutes of their win at Home Park before being replaced by Darren Prattley and it is likely to be the 33-year-old who takes his place in the first team against the Chairboys.
Charlton go into the game six points adrift of the automatic promotion spots, but 12 clear of Peterborough in seventh.
Unless Sunderland, Barnsley and Portsmouth all suffer a sudden loss of form, Charlton will be in the play-offs come the end of the season.
Perhaps it makes sense to take their time with Bielik, who has been a key player for them. Barring a miracle, they’ll be in a two-legged semi-final with or without his input over the next two or three games.