Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has provided an encouraging injury update, revealing that he has got a full squad available to him as we move toward the potential resumption of the Championship season.
It has been more than two months since the EFL season was suspended but it has been reported that the Championship could return in June.
Players have returned to training this week as preparations get underway for the potential return of the season and few sides will be more determined to ensure they hit the ground running than Charlton.
The Addicks have had a rollercoaster of a season, which saw them pushing for a top six place early on but slide down the table into the relegation zone following some injury troubles.
In an interview with cafc.co.uk, Bowyer revealed that he would have his full squad available to him if the season gets back underway.
He said: “It’s going to be a nine-game season now and the teams who get the most points are going to remain in the division.
“I feel that we’re going to be ready once that starts. We’ve got a full squad, which we didn’t have for a long time, so I’m looking forward to getting back playing again.
He added: “I’m very confident (of securing Championship survival). I believe in the players that we have. We have proven that when we have a full squad we can compete with all the teams in this division.
“We were in a bad place at one stage and that was just purely down to the number of injuries that we had. Once we started to get a few back then we started to pick up results again, we went to Forest and got a good result on a Wednesday evening. We’ll be ready and I believe in the squad we’ve got to get us out of this.”
Defeat in their last game before the delay began meant Bowyer’s side dropped into the relegation places for the first time in the 2019/20 campaign.
They’re 17th as things stand meaning under the EFL’s end-of-season framework, Charlton would be relegated via points-per-game if Championship clubs voted to curtail the season.
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Injury issues have hampered Charlton’s first season back in the Championship, so it is hugely encouraging to hear Bowyer reveal that he has a full squad.
Off the field issues have dominated the recent headlines concerning the South London club but their focus now must shift to preparing for the relegation that could be upcoming.
It seems we’re moving toward the resumption of the season, which will be a real relief for Charlton.
It would be hugely frustrating for the Addicks if they’re relegated via PPG, having only dropped into the relegation zone following their last game before the EFL delay.