Charlton Athletic will be without defender Tom Lockyer for their upcoming Championship game against Middlesbrough, who picked up a fifth yellow card of the season against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
The Addicks welcomed Wednesday on Saturday lunchtime, The Valley reverberating with the recent news of the completed takeover. A result couldn’t follow though and Lee Bowyer’s side lost 3-1 to Garry Monk’s, Macauley Bonne scoring what’d be a consolation goal for the home side.
It means that Charlton have now won just once in their last ten Championship games.
Charlton, as most will know, have been terribly unlucky with injuries this season. Bowyer is in the midst of a very real injury crisis at Charlton – for the visit of Wednesday he had nine first-team players injured and was only able to put five on the bench.
It’s got so desperate for Bowyer that he’s had to recall the likes of Albie Morgan from Ebbsfleet and Alfie Doughty from Bromley to go straight into the first-team.
Now with the news of Lockyer being suspended for Boro, times just don’t get any easier if you’re a Charlton fan.
It’s a massive game for Charlton at the weekend. Boro have an even worse record than them with one win in 12 Championship games and Jonathan Woodgate’s side sit only a point above the relegation zone.
Even so, Charlton fans will be fearing the worst with Lockyer absent, meaning a make-shift defence on Saturday with continued injuries.
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Bowyer’s side really need a win if they’re to prevent themselves from slipping into the position that Boro are in. They were flying high at the start of the season and looked like dark horses for a play-off spot but then their star man Lyle Taylor became injured, and then the rest started to drop like flies.
Addicks fans needn’t worry too much just yet. Taylor amongst a couple of others are in-line to make their return this weekend and against Boro, they have a real chance of getting all three points.
It’ll no doubt be a hard-fought encounter at the Riverside, and it’s become a real ‘six-pointer’ for both sides.