Charlton Athetic are back in for first-team training on Friday, minus two members of their first-team squad.
According to the South London Press’ Richard Cawley, midfielder George Lapslie and central defender Jason Pearce will both be absent from Sparrow’s Lane on Friday, as both of their partners’ are expecting children.
Jason Pearce and George Lapslie both staying away from Charlton training.
Both their partners are expecting. Government have put pregnant women in the high-risk group as a precautionary measure.
— Richard Cawley (@RichCawleySLP) March 19, 2020
He added that the decision has been made as a precautionary measure, as per Government advice, as pregnant women fall into the high-risk group with regards to the current outbreak.
Initially, the players were meant to have the remainder of the week off, and report to the training ground next Monday, but a change of decision was made over the last few days.
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Charlton are one of the few clubs that are resuming training as normal, but many others have felt the need to protect players and staff and cancelled sessions.
With the current uncertainty surrounding how clubs should act, Bowyer challenged the EFL to make it clearer to clubs what steps they should follow.
“They [the EFL} need to step up now and give us some real guidance. At the moment there hasn’t been any guidance – too many grey areas,” the Charlton boss told London News Online.
Charlton currently sit in 22nd place in the Championship table, two points from safety with nine matches left to play.
Protecting George Lapslie and Jason Pearce from potential infection is a necessary step in their circumstances, although it will mean that both men have to maintain their fitness in other ways.
That will likely mean that the club will give them separate plans to follow in their own time.
With the suspension being extended by the EFL, it remains to be seen if Charlton will continue to train as normal for the next month and a half.