Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed that on-loan midfielder Sam Field is now set to miss the rest of the season following a complication in his knee injury.
Field was a regular feature in midfield during the early weeks of the Addicks’ Championship campaign, but the 21-year-old has not made a first-team appearance since the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City in October as a result of his knee problem.
The midfielder did return to the first-team squad for the clashes with Barnsley and Stoke earlier this month, but it has now emerged that Field has returned to parent club West Brom after suffering another setback in his recovery progress.
Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer confirmed that Field looks set to miss out the remainder of the campaign, while he also added that the midfielder’s setback was the main reason behind Charlton bringing in a sixth loan in January.
“Yeah, I do. Sam has gone back to West Brom – his knee is not looking good,” Bowyer said.
“That’s why we brought in a sixth loan, because we knew it was touch and go.”
Field departs Charlton after making just 10 appearances for the South London outfit, with the central midfielder having failed to make a prolonged impact during his first loan stint since graduating from the West Brom academy ranks.
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This certainly comes as a blow for Charlton given Field had shown promising signs during his appearances in a Charlton shirt, but the fact he has already missed the majority of the campaign means the Addicks have learned to cope without Field.
Charlton were also able to recruit midfielders David Davis and Matt Smith during the January transfer window, with this meaning Bowyer still has a range of midfield options ahead of the Championship’s final run-in this term.
It is a shame that Field was never able to fulfil his potential during his loan stint at The Valley, and it would be no surprise to see the midfielder head back out on loan next season as he aims to further build his first-team experience.