Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed that he is preparing to welcome back striker Macauley Bonne and attacking midfielder Aiden McGeady ahead of his side’s trip to Nottingham Forest this week.
Bonne has been out of action for the Addicks since suffering a hamstring injury during the 2-1 defeat to Derby at the end of December, but Bowyer has now confirmed that the 24-year-old will be back on the bench for tomorrow’s trip to Forest.
The former Leyton Orient man netted eight goals in his 20 Charlton appearances before sustaining the injury, and he is now set to boost Bowyer’s attacking options alongside the likes of Lyle Taylor, Tomer Hemed and Andre Green.
It has also been revealed that McGeady is back in contention after sitting out the 3-1 defeat to Stoke due to illness, and he now could be primed to make his Charlton debut during the testing trip to the City Ground.
Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer has confirmed the availability of these two attacking options, while he also indicated that Taylor will be able to feature from the start after making it through the full 90 minutes against Stoke.
“Macauley will be on the bench. He’ll be back. He’s been training for a few days now, he’s been in and around it,” Bowyer said.
“Aiden [McGeady] is the same. He was ill at the weekend.
“I spoke to Lyle yesterday and he feels fine. Now it is a case of Lyle just cracking on. He’ll be okay to start.”
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Things had started looking up for Charlton following their productive transfer deadline day in addition to their victory over Barnsley, but the 3-1 loss to Stoke will now have cemented relegation fears among the Addicks’ fanbase.
This means Charlton needs all the reinforcement they can get ahead of their remaining matches this season, and this means it will come as a boost that Bowyer now has further attacking outlets available ahead of the Forest clash.
However, this alone will not be enough to see the Addicks overcome an impressive Forest side, and the Londoners will need to produce an excellent overall team performance in order to get a positive result against the Reds.