Charlton Athletic boss explains absence of duo


Lee Bowyer has confirmed that Tariqe Fosu and Mark Marshall are both fit – their absence due to the fact they cannot make his matchday squad of 18.

Both players are out of contract this summer.

Marshall was a high-profile free transfer signing from Bradford City at the start of the 2017-18 campaign but the winger, who turns 32 next month, has struggled to hold down a starting berth since Bowyer replaced Karl Robinson in the SE7 hotseat.

Tariqe Fosu

Fosu has struggled to find form this season and has not featured since the end of March.

“Everybody is fit and we can only pick 18 players,” said Bowyer. “At the moment the 18 I’m picking deserve to be in the 18, nothing more than that.

“I just go on how people are training and playing. That’s the reason they are not in it.

“It’s competition for places. That is not just our football club, that’s every football club. The people who are training and playing the best are the ones involved. It is nothing personal.”

Bowyer is expecting a clean bill of health for Good Friday’s match at Oxford United. Igor Vetokele came off with a tight hamstring while Krystian Bielik was also subbed suffering with cramp.

Mark Marshall

Oxford are fourth in the form guide over the past 10 matches – taking 20 points to pull away from drop danger in League One.

Charlton are three points behind second-placed Barnsley with four fixtures to play. Sunderland and Portsmouth, both above the South Londoners, have an extra match in hand.

The maximum the Addicks can finish on is 91 points.

Bowyer does not lay down mini targets from sections of the fixture list. He said:  “I set mine at the start of the season – that if we got 92 points it guarantees you top two.

“If we do win all of our last four we are not far off it.

“We’ll go there on Friday and we’ll try our hardest to win the game.

“Nothing changes for us. We respect everybody that we play. Every team has got strengths and weaknesses – that includes us.”

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One thought on “Charlton Athletic boss explains absence of duo

  • 16th April 2019 at 8:02 pm

    With a playoff spot secured the team should just go for it, a draw would be a setback, if we should lose Lee ,if he wanted to could rest the likes of Beilik Cullen etc so that they are totally fresh for the playoffs , but I think we can win all four games, by Monday evening I think all permutations will be much clearer, the big prize though is that should we make promotion I think the chances of keeping Bauer Aribo and even Vetokele is showing signs of becoming much valued, but Beilik and Cullen are going to be very difficult to replace, and the even bigger question of who will own the Club come our first season back in the Championship.?


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