Charlton boss Lee Bowyer provides injury update on Luton loanee and centre-back duo

Andrew Shinnie and Ben Watson will both miss Charlton’s home game against Accrington Stanley tomorrow night.

Watson is facing around a fortnight out after injuring his hamstring in last weekend’s 2-0 loss at Hull City.

Shinnie has been absent since the start of December due to a thigh problem.

Addicks manager Lee Bowyer says the on-loan Luton midfielder’s desire to keep playing actually compounded the issue.

“We thought it was just tightness and he was saying that he was fine,” said the Charlton boss. “He is an experienced player. But players want to play every game, they all do.

“Sometimes you have got to take their word, that it is just a bit of tightness and that it will go away. But unfortunately it didn’t and was an injury that he probably made worse than what it should be by carrying on playing.

“The most important thing is getting him back so that he doesn’t break down – that’s where we have gone wrong in the past. We can’t afford for that to happen.

“When he is in and around the side he brings something different.”

Akin Famewo is still a month away from being back with Ryan Inniss expected to be another six to seven weeks.

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