Charlton Athletic will be without two key players for another seven to eight weeks after Lee Bowyer delivered a fresh update on their progress.
The Addicks hosted Plymouth Argyle at The Valley earlier this afternoon and they found themselves behind twice in the game.
But they fought back on both occasions to secure a 2-2 draw, with goals from Chris Gunter and Marcus Maddison gaining them a point on their home turf.
It’s been a frustrating few weeks for Bowyer’s side, as they conceded a late equaliser against Swindon Town last week, along with a 95th minute goal let in against Shrewsbury Town and a loss to MK Dons at home.
Bowyer is stuck in a very tricky spot where he has to play players out of position, as injuries to centre-backs Akin Famewo and Ryan Inniss mean that Darren Pratley is playing at the back.
A box to box midfielder by trade, the veteran Pratley is a capable League One player in the latter stages of his career, but fans are not wholly convinced by the pairing of him and Jason Pearce.
Norwich loanee Famewo and Inniss cannot come back soon enough in the eyes of Addicks fans, but they will be disappointed at Bowyer’s latest update.
Bowyer told the press post-game that they will be out for another seven to eight weeks, which takes them until the end of February.
That is a big blow for Charlton who will probably now need to dip into the transfer window in January for reinforcements.
They’re making errors at the worst possible times at the back and that is through players not playing in their natural positions.
Famewo and Inniss have a bit of pace and power to their game which sets them aside from Pratley and Pearce, and it’s clear on the evidence of the last few games that they’re needed back instantly.
Unfortunately for Charlton fans though they won’t receive a Christmas miracle this time around.