Some early Charlton Athletic team news has emerged regarding a host of first-team players ahead of their clash with Derby County this weekend.
Lee Bowyer offered updates on the likes of Lewis Page, Tomer Hemed, Beram Kayal and Ben Purrington with a mix of results for either player as the Addicks look to break back into the top-six.
“Hemed and Kayal have trained this week, so it’s good to have them back out there,” Bowyer told his pre-match press conference on Thursday, reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
“But this weekend might be too early for them because they were already playing catch up.
“Ben Purrington is back in training so should be fine for this weekend. Lewis Page will be back out running next week so he’s progressing.”
The manager also revealed earlier in the conference that star striker Lyle Taylor is ahead of schedule in his own return from a serious knee injury.
Should Purrington go straight back into Charlton's XI?
Since their summer arrivals at the club, striker Hemed and midfielder Kayal have made just five appearances between them, with both suffering with varying knocks.
Page is yet to play a minute this season as he continues his recovery whilst Purrington had played in all ten of the club’s league matches, before injury kept him out of the Fulham clash prior to the international break.
On the whole I think this is a fairly positive update for the Addicks.
Having Purrington back and fighting fit is the biggest boost though. Keeping a consistent squad could prove crucial in the club’s quest for success and he is as reliable as they come in defence.
Kayal’s absence continues to be a nuisance but considering how well the midfield have performed this season it is far from a massive blow.