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The dilemmas facing Nigel Adkins at Charlton Athletic ahead of Doncaster on Good Friday

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Charlton Athletic will be looking to extend their six-match unbeaten run in League One when they return to action on Good Friday. 

The Addicks’ match with Crewe Alexandra was rescheduled for later this year due to international call ups for members of Nigel Adkins’ squad.

Adkins was appointed as Charlton Athletic’s manager earlier this month, as he succeeded Lee Bowyer, who opted to leave the club in favour of a move to Championship side Birmingham City.

He oversaw a 2-2 draw against AFC Wimbledon in his first match in charge, and will be eager to pick up his first win as the club’s manager this weekend.

It certainly won’t be an easy match by any stretch of the imagination for the Addicks though, as they prepare to take on play-off chasing rivals Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Charlton are currently sat ninth in the League One table, and would move ahead of Donny if they were to pick up a win on Good Friday.

We take a look at some of the dilemmas that Nigel Adkins will be facing at Charlton Athletic ahead of their clash with Doncaster Rovers.

Who replaces Conor Washington in the starting XI? 

Charlton were dealt a frustrating injury blow in their draw against AFC Wimbledon before the international break, as Conor Washington was forced off after just five minutes of the match.

Speaking in a post-match press conference after the game (quotes sourced from London News Online), Nigel Adkins confirmed that the Northern Irishman will miss the Easter fixtures, which will be an irritating update to read.

“Without giving away too much information to the opposition, Conor has got a hamstring injury. We’ve got excellent medical staff here, I’ve identified that already.

“Obviously he is not going to be available for the Easter games. We’ll just assess it and see how he goes from there. All players respond differently to treatment – some are quicker than others. We’ll see how that goes.”

Diallang Jaiyesimi replaced the forward on the day against AFC Wimbledon, but the likes of Chuks Aneke and Ronnie Schwartz are likely to be pushing him for a starting spot in Adkins’ squad for the clash with Doncaster Rovers on Good Friday.

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Potential change of formation

It didn’t come as a surprise to see Adkins play with two attackers in his team against an AFC Wimbledon side that were short on confidence.

But Doncaster Rovers are more than capable of causing Charlton problems, as they’re in contention for a top-six finish in League One themselves this term.

Therefore, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Adkins revert to a midfield-five for this one. Ben Watson (pictured above) was an unused substitute against AFC Wimbledon, and will be hoping that he can force his way back into the starting XI for this one.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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