Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed that midfielder Jonny Williams will miss the next two weeks of action with an ankle injury.
Williams missed a considerable chunk of the season with a knee problem he picked up back in October, but the midfielder made his return to the first-team in early January after spending just over two months on the sidelines.
The Wales international featured in five consecutive league games after his injury return, but he has now not been included in the squad for Charlton’s last two games, and Bowyer has now suggested that he can be expected to miss further matches.
Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer confirmed that Williams will miss Charlton’s home clash with Luton this weekend, but he suggested the midfielder’s ankle is a lot better than the club had first expected.
“Jonny is out for two weeks. His ankle is a lot better than we first thought.”
Williams suffered his latest setback as a result of a challenge with Macauley Bonne in a training match, with the latest problem meaning the former Sunderland man has now started only 12 of the Addicks’ 33 Championship games this season.
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It will be frustrating for Williams to have to endure another spell on the sidelines following his lay-off earlier this term, but it at least appears on this occasion that the attacking midfielder will not miss too much of Charlton’s final run-in this term.
Williams can add a much-needed creative edge to Charlton’s midfield when he is at his best, and Bowyer will be desperate to regain his services for most of his side’s remaining games given the Addicks could still be dragged into a relegation battle.
It is important Charlton do not rush Williams back to full fitness given the midfielder has seemed somewhat fragile, but there can be no doubt that the Charlton side will be improved by Williams’ presence.