Lee Bowyer has provided a fresh update regarding Lyle Taylor’s fitness ahead of Charlton’s clash with Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon.
Taylor has been out of contention since early September when he suffered a knee injury while on international duty with Montserrat, but he is now edging closer to return having missed most of Charlton’s season so far.
The 29-year-old spearheaded Charlton’s promotion charge last season with his 21 Championship goals for Bowyer’s side, while he also started the current campaign in electric form by netting five goals in the Addicks’ first six matches.
Charlton’s form has slightly dropped off without the services of Taylor, even though fellow striker Macauley Bonne has stepped into the side to fill the goalscoring void, as the South London outfit recently suffered back-to-back defeats before the international break.
Speaking to the club website, Bowyer has now admitted that Taylor is still a doubt ahead of Charlton’s clash with Cardiff, but he appeared to suggest that the forward is still firmly in contention to feature for the first time since late August.
“Lyle is touch and go. He had a set back the other week and we’ve been trying to get him through that,” he said.
“We thought he was going to be back for Preston [earlier in November]. He had a bit of a set back and we’ve been trying now to get him through that. Earlier on in the week he was outside running, at the back end of last week he was running. He started kicking some balls this week. It’s just how he holds up after today and tomorrow.”
Taylor has now netted 30 goals in 51 appearances for Charlton since joining from AFC Wimbledon in the summer of 2018, and the Cardiff clash could see him feature alongside Bonne who was scored five goals since his inclusion in the side.
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Bonne has done well to settle into the Charlton side since Taylor was ruled out of action in early September, but the Addicks have definitely still missed the frontman’s services and it will be a relief to see him return.
It would have been hoped that Taylor could return from his injury lay-off before the international period, and the two disappointing results against Preston and Millwall prior to the break means Taylor’s comeback could not come quicker.
The 29-year-old’s long-awaited return would give a huge boost to the whole group, while it will also be interesting to see whether Bowyer decides to play Taylor and Bonne together in what could be a highly productive attacking partnership.