Lee Bowyer has provided an injury update on the four Charlton players who missed their clash with Nottingham Forest despite having been involved in the defeat to Stoke over the weekend.
Charlton gave their survival hopes a serious boost as Lyle Taylor’s strike helped seal an enormous 1-0 victory over Forest last night, but there were four players who featured in the squad on Saturday but were not included on Tuesday’s team sheet.
Andre Green, Darren Pratley and Jonny Williams were all named in the starting line-up when the Addicks faced Stoke over the weekend, but they were all left out of the match-day squad ahead of Charlton’s midweek clash at the City Ground.
Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer has now provided an update on each of these players’ fitness with it seeming they could not be risked due to them all nursing small problems after the 3-1 loss to Stoke.
“Pratley, his back seized up during the game on Saturday,” Bowyer said. “That’s what happens when you get on a bit, that’s what I said to him! It’s wear and tear. He’s played near enough every ninety minutes so far of the season. I think it’s just caught up with him a bit.
“Jonny Williams, I left him behind because we’ve now got Aidy (Aiden McGeady). There’s no point risking him. He’s very fragile. We’ve got a massive game on Saturday.
“Andre Green, he had a bit of a sore knee but he had it before Stoke. It was one of them that was too much of a risk. I’m hopeful he’ll be OK for the weekend.”
Bowyer also provided information on the progress of midfielder Sam Field after he was named on the bench for Charlton’s two previous matches before also being left out of the squad against Forest.
“Field just had a little reoccurrence with his knee,” explained Bowyer. “So, he’s got to see the West Brom doctor. I don’t know how bad that is.
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The fact Charlton managed to seal a 1-0 victory over Forest despite dealing with so many injury problems is testament to Bowyer’s side, but the Addicks boss will be hoping each of these problems will only be short-term concerns.
Green, Pratley and Williams are three players who are crucial to the spine of Charlton’s side at the moment, so Bowyer will have only taken this precaution to ensure they are all fit for two big home clashes with Blackburn and Luton coming up.
The Addicks now have some breathing space following two victories in their last three matches, so Bowyer will have his sights set on now starting to climb the table as long as his best players maintain their fitness.