Charlton Athletic defender Lewis Page was substituted after just 12 minutes during his return from injury in the club’s Under-23 clash with their Crystal Palace counterparts this afternoon.
Page has seen his progress significantly hampered by injuries in recent years after missing the majority of the last two-and-a-half seasons with fitness troubles, and it now appears his latest comeback may have seen him suffer another setback.
The 23-year-old would have been hoping to step up his long-awaited recovery when he was named in the starting line-up to face Palace at Sparrows Lane this afternoon, but the former West Ham man has been unable to complete the full 90 minutes.
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Page has only managed to register a total of 27 appearances for the Addicks since joining the club in January 2017, with the left-back having now failed to make a competitive outing for the South London outfit since October 2018.
It looked like he was set to play a key role in the Charlton side this season when he featured for Lee Bowyer’s side in pre-season, but Page then suffered another setback during one of these matches, and it appears he has now been dealt another blow today.
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It will be a hugely damaging blow for Page if he has suffered another serious setback in this afternoon’s match, particularly given the defender seemed like he was edging closer to his injury return after being named in the starting line-up for the clash.
Page is clearly a player with plenty of talent at his disposal, but the fact he has been unable to overcome his injuries in recent times means his future at Charlton must now be in doubt as he cannot keep suffering these damaging setbacks.
The Addicks will need to now assess the extent of Page’s recent injury blow before making any decisions regarding Page’s future, but the fact he has only been able to last 12 minutes in this Under-23 clash suggests he is some way from a first-team return.