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The Charlton Athletic squad issue that should be worrying fans ahead of Cardiff City clash

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Charlton face a tricky task this weekend when they welcome Cardiff City to The Valley, bouyed by the arrival of their new manager Neil Harris.

So far, the Bluebirds have not won a single game away from home so on that basis, the Addicks should be confident of being able to pick up all three points on Saturday afternoon, but when a new manager arrives, there is inevitably a bounce and that will likely prove to be the case this weekend as well.

For Lee Bowyer and his Charlton side, however, their focus will be remaining on securing their Championship status for a second season and it is a case of so far so good.

With 16 matches played they sit in 11th place upsetting the odds significantly after being made favourites to go straight back down following their League One play-off triumph last season.

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But they will of course be wary of how quickly things can change in the Championship and will know that they must keep up their fine form in the second half of the season to ensure that survival.

One of the biggest factors in this fine start has been in midfield. The unit of Darren Pratley, Josh Cullen, Conor Gallagher and Jonny Williams set-out at the start of the campaign and proved to be one of the most potent and well balanced ensembles in the league.

However, with Williams injured it is a unit that has taken a bit of a battering and they may struggle further this weekend too with the wise old head of the bunch, Pratley, set to miss the Cardiff clash through suspension.

His absence is something that should worry the fans too.

In the two matches where Pratley has played no part this season, Charlton have lost. At home to Birmingham and then again to Swansea.

Sure, they have lost the last two matches in which he has played as well, but without him there is no doubt that the team loses an element of calmness and control – something that will no doubt affect both attack and defence on Saturday.


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