Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has remained tight-lipped over the extent of Naby Sarr’s injury after the defender was absent during the Addicks’ 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last night.
It has emerged that Sarr was not named in Bowyer’s match-day squad at Hillsborough as a result of a calf injury, with the centre-back watching on as Charlton suffered injury-time heartache against the Owls following Steven Fletcher’s 95th-minute winner.
Sarr has been a regular in the Charlton side this term having made 23 league appearances for the south London outfit, but his presence was missed from the starting line-up last night as the Addicks missed his ball-playing ability out from the back.
Speaking after the match, Bowyer provided a coy injury update on Sarr who was suffering from a tight calf, with the Charlton boss refusing to put a timeframe on the defender’s recovery as they wait to see how the injury mends over the coming days.
“(Sarr) has got a tight calf,” Bowyer said, as per BBC London reporter Louis Mendez.
“We’ll have to see how that’s mending. We’ll have to wait and see.”
Not much information yet on the extend of Naby Sarr's injury (don't forget Lockyer is now suspended for two games.)
LB – "[Sarr] has got a tight calf. We’ll have to see how that’s mending. We’ll have to wait and see." #cafc
— Louis Mendez (@LouisMend) February 26, 2020
Sarr has continued to be an important player for Charlton in the Championship this term, with the former French youth international having contributed three goals and five assists in addition to his defensive efforts for Bowyer’s side.
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Sarr has received criticism for some of his defensive performances for the Addicks this campaign, but the 26-year-old has perhaps been the club’s best centre-back over the last couple of weeks and his presence was missed by his side on Wednesday night.
Bowyer will now be hoping that Sarr’s calf injury is not a long-term problem, particularly seeing as his side’s defensive unit is looking especially frail at the moment with Tom Lockyer now also set to miss the next two matches through suspension.
Sarr’s impressive long balls from the back are often so important to launching Charlton’s attacking phases, and while he can sometimes be caught out defensively, Bowyer will be desperate to have him fit for the Addicks’ survival bid in the final run-in.