Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: It wouldn’t be fair to play the kids in FA Cup tie against West Brom


Lee Bowyer is not set to make wholesale changes for Charlton’s FA Cup third round tie against West Bromwich Albion – because he doesn’t feel it would be fair to thrust the club’s kids into that scenario.

The Addicks are at home to the Championship high-flyers on Sunday in the cup competition.

But before that they head to Swansea City tonight in the league and will be missing 13 players due to injury.

Charlton have signed Aston Villa’s Andre Green on loan and he will be eligible to face the Baggies.

Bowyer has already spoken about the fact that the club’s injury crisis is preventing him from rotating his sides.

And the likes of Jonny Williams, Chuks Aneke and Tomer Hemed are not expected to be back until the start of next week.

“You know me – I normally just change things around and give the lads a rest,” said Bowyer. “If I make five or six changes then who is going to be starting? It is not fair on players when they go out and play against a West Brom who are up there in our league.

“That can be when the young lads get a thumping – 5-0 or 6-0. It’s not fair.

“I think it’s a case of us trying to get through the next two games and hopefully in the window we might bring one or two in early on so we can give them some minutes. That will be the plan.

“After West Brom I can always give some of the lads a couple of days off to recharge.”

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