Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has confirmed that returning defensive duo Deji Oshilaja and Jason Pearce are both in line to build up their match fitness for the club’s under-23 side, during an interview with London News Online.
Pearce only made his first appearance of the season last week against Leyton Orient, whilst Oshilaja has also been sidelined for a substantial period with a foot injury.
The return of both players is sure to come as a boost for Bowyer as he seeks to take the Addicks back to the Championship this season at the first attempt since suffering their cruel relegation last term.
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Speaking about the fitness situation regarding the two players, the former Leeds United man told London News Online: “Pearcey played 45 minutes in the trophy and the next step for him is 70 minutes.
“He’s been out a lot longer than Deji. It’s only been a few weeks for Deji and he will be able to go straight in with 70. If they look tired before that we’ll take them off.”
The return of Pearce and Oshilaja has come at a good time for the South London club as they bid to achieve a top six finish after a largely positive start to the campaign.
Pearce is brimming with experience at both this level and above, meaning that he has been a big miss for the younger members of the squad in particular in recent months.
Whilst Oshilaja provides a great deal of versatility, with the ex-AFC Wimbledon man being capable of playing in both full back positions as well as at the heart of the backline.