Charlton Athletic were beaten 4-2 by relegation strugglers Burton Albion last night and many Addicks fans have been left pining for absent defenders Ryan Innis and Akin Famewo.
The summer signings have quickly become a key men for Lee Bowyer but are currently sidelined due to injury, with Charlton forced to name midfielder Darren Pratley and full-back Chris Gunter at centre-back for the last two games.
The Addicks claimed a point against Gillingham on the weekend but were handed a shock defeat at the hands of relegation-battling Burton yesterday – conceding four times against a side that had won once in League One ahead of last night’s game.
Mistakes from Gunter and goalkeeper Ben Amos allowed the hosts to take a two-goal lead at the Pirelli Stadium before Paul Smyth pulled one back ahead of the break.
Sam Hughes re-established Burton’s two-goal cushion early in the second half before strikes from Chuks Aneke and Charles Vernam ensure the game ended 4-2 to the Brewers.
Speaking to London News Online earlier this week, Bowyer refused to put an exact date on Innis’ return but suggested the central defender will be missing for “a little while”.
There was better news concerning Famewo, however, as it is understood that the Norwich City loanee is back out running again.
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Their continued absences will likely pain the Valley faithful, with many Charlton fans taking to Twitter last night to pine for the duo’s return.
Read their reaction here:
Awful night for the Addicks. #Burton played with an intensity we couldn’t match, and had a plan which worked. We’re too predictable, & without Inniss & Famewo looked very vulnerable to the long ball. When we went direct we looked better, but we then went tippy tappy again. #cafc
— Jimmy Seed (@JamesMSeed) November 24, 2020
We really missed Famewo and Inniss tonight. We gifted them that win, sloppy schoolboy errors. The run was bound to end at one point but I didn’t expect it to end like that #cafc
— Tyler Rowlinson (@tylerowlinson02) November 24, 2020
Need Famewo & Innis back fast!!
.. any ideas how long until each are ready and back in contention? #cafc
— anteves (@footy_league) November 24, 2020
Absolutely embarrassing. Not seen us play this bad for a long long time. Seriously missing Innis and Famewo. #CAFC
— JB 🌴 (@TheSE7_) November 24, 2020
How crucial is a good medical team? So badly need Innis and Faemwo
— Michael (@michaelCAFC) November 24, 2020
2) We are nothing without Innis and Famewo.
— cafc___ (@cafc___) November 24, 2020
Shocking result and a huge wake up call for us but no way would we be shipping 4 goals to Burton with Innis and Famewo in the team.
— Martin Flynn (@addictedaddick) November 24, 2020
Agreed. We also need recognised central defenders back playing. Missing Famewo and Innis. Love Pratley but prefer him in the middle or in front of back four. Surprised Barker hasn't come back in personally but there you go.
— Andy Roberts (@AndyJRoberts77) November 24, 2020
No innis or famweo 😢😢😢😢 please come back soon
— Conall Hyland (@HylandConall) November 24, 2020