Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed that striker Macauley Bonne stands a chance of being available for the trip to face Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.
Bonne has not featured for the South London side’s last six matches as a result of his hamstring injury, but it now appears as though he is edging closer to a return as he sets his sights on the clash at the City Ground next week.
The 24-year-old has made a fine start to life at The Valley after netting eight goals in his 20 appearances since sealing his move from Leyton Orient over the summer, and he looks set to play a key role in Charlton’s attack for the rest of the term.
Bowyer has now claimed Bonne is on course to train with the first-team squad in the lead-up to the Forest clash, but it still depends how the attacker fares in the next few days of his rehabilitation period.
“He could train Sunday and Monday with us. Because we play Tuesday it means we’ll train Sunday and Monday,” Bowyer told London News Online.
“It’s how he comes through his next few days of rehab.
“I saw him outside on Tuesday and he was literally sprinting – going fast – so he can’t be far off it.”
Bonne’s imminent return means Bowyer could have a fully-fit strike force at his disposal by this time next week, with Lyle Taylor and Chuks Aneke having also made significant progress in their injury recoveries in recent weeks.
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It appears as though Charlton are edging closer towards having a fully-fit squad following their considerable injury problems this term, and Bonne’s return will be particularly welcomed to provide competition in attack.
There have also not been many games where both Taylor and Bonne have both been at full fitness this season, so it will be interesting to see whether the duo are capable of playing together in a strike partnership.
Charlton will definitely need plenty of firepower in order to improve their form during the second half of the season, and Bowyer will be delighted to have a range of attacking options after being so limited earlier this term.