Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has claimed he will not be able to name a full substitutes’ bench for Saturday’s clash with Cardiff City due to a shortage of available players.
Bowyer has needed to cope with a number of injuries within his squad of late, and it now appears this could have an effect on the 42-year-old’s ability to name a full match-day squad for the meeting with Neil Harris’ side this weekend.
The likes of Jonny Williams, Lyle Taylor and Sam Field have all been absent from the Charlton squad in recent weeks, which meant Bowyer saw his options restricted before the international break when his side suffered a dip in form.
The South London outfit have now lost their last two league matches against Preston and Millwall, but they are still sitting in the top half of the Championship, with six victories so far this term meaning they are currently 11th in the table.
Speaking to South London Press’ Richard Cawley, Bowyer has now admitted that he is still facing a number of injury problems in his squad following the international break, and this could create selection problems ahead of the Cardiff clash.
Lee Bowyer saying that he will not be able to fill the bench for #cafc's game v Cardiff on Saturday. Doesn't think it is fair to put loads of untested kids on there.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) November 21, 2019
The ex-midfielder has claimed there are 10 players injured in his 22-23 man squad, while he also stated it would not be fair for him to name a host of untested players on the bench for the Championship meeting.
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This will come as hugely concerning news for Charlton fans ahead of this weekend’s clash, while it is also a clear indication of the serious squad-availability problems that Bowyer is currently facing at The Valley.
It is a sign that further investment is needed in this Charlton squad in order for them to remain competitive, even though they have definitely been unlucky with injuries so far this campaign.
However, I do also think that Bowyer is aiming to make something of a statement by naming a sparsely-populated bench, as it would surely not do much harm to young players if they are named on the bench purely for match-day experience.