Charlton Athletic boss confirms some of his starters for EFL Cup tie at Swindon Town

Darren Pratley will start Charlton’s EFL Cup match at Swindon Town on Saturday.

And Addicks manager Lee Bowyer has also confirmed that Ben Amos, Alfie Doughty, Jake Forster-Caskey and Macauley Bonne will also come back into his side.

Pratley sat out Tuesday’s EFL Trophy tie at AFC Wimbledon.

But he is set to come into central defence with Charlton down to one established centre-back – Deji Oshilaja – due to injury to Jason Pearce (knee) and the exit of Tom Lockyer, who signed for Luton earlier this week.

Pratley played in the backline in Saturday’s 3-0 friendly reverse at Crystal Palace.

Bowyer is desperate to sign players but the transfer embargo means he only has one slot to fill in the 23-man squad.

“Pratley will come back in and the three lads on the bench that came on the other day will start,” said the Addicks boss. “We’ll be a lot stronger.

“But I said after the [Wimbledon] game that it’s not like we left 11 at home – we left four and two were injured.

“We’ll bring Ben [Amos] back in goal.

“[Alex] Gilbey has just been struggling with his stomach but that seems to have settled down now and we’ll see over the next couple of days if he gets through it. Chuks [Aneke] should be back training. Both of them won’t start but will hopefully be on the bench.”


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