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Charlton Athletic will be aiming to return to winning ways when they welcome Cardiff to The Valley on Saturday afternoon following back-to-back defeats against Preston and Millwall in recent matches.
Lee Bowyer’s side are still sitting 11th in the Championship table during the international break as a result of their six league wins already this term, but their recent dip in form will come as something of a concern to Addicks supporters.
However, it should be remembered that Charlton have been significantly hampered by injuries of late, with a number of key players on the sidelines including the likes of Jonny Williams and the club’s talisman Lyle Taylor.
The forward has been out of action since late August after suffering a knee injury while on international duty with Montserrat, with this blow interrupting his electric start to the season which saw him net five goals in his first six league games.
London News Online have now reported that Taylor could possibly make his long-awaited comeback against Cardiff on the weekend, while fellow striker Macauley Bonne is also set to feature having overcome a medical issue from last week.
This means that Saturday could mark the first time Taylor and Bonne feature together for the Addicks, with Bonne having replaced the former AFC Wimbledon man in the side during his injury lay-off.
Bonne has managed to fill the goalscoring void in Taylor’s absence by netting five goals in his nine appearances for Charlton since his move from Leyton Orient over the summer, and this has led to excitement over what the pair could achieve when playing in the same side.
Should Bonne and Taylor start together for Charlton if they are both fit?
Taylor achieved great success when partnered with former Addicks frontman Karlan Grant during the first half of last season, and there will now be an expectation that Bonne and Taylor could form a similar partnership throughout the remainder of this season.
Both players have already individually proven what they can achieve at Championship level, so it will now be fascinating to see what they can achieve as a pairing, and it would appear it won’t be long before this becomes a reality.
All the signs suggest the pair would compliment each other nicely given that Taylor often likes to drift out wide with Bonne tending to stay in a more central position, while they both share the quality of having a strong goalscoring knack.
It seems a no-brainer for Bowyer to experiment with this attacking partnership when both players are fit, and even if Taylor is not quite fit enough for involvement on Saturday, it shouldn’t be too long before the pair finally line up together.