Charlton boss Lee Bowyer reveals injury setbacks for Jake Forster-Caskey and Josh Cullen

BY LOUIS MENDEZ

Jake Forster-Caskey and Josh Cullen were both due to be involved during Charlton’s trip to Preston – but each suffered setbacks in the week leading up to the game.

West Ham loanee Cullen has been side-lined since suffering an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Cardiff back in November. Forster-Caskey missed the majority of last season with a knee problem, and has missed a spell this campaign after he suffered a hamstring knock at Bristol City in October. He was able to feature off the bench against West Brom last weekend but was missing from the matchday squad for the 2-1 loss at Deepdale this afternoon.

“You wouldn’t believe our luck at the moment,” said Bowyer, as his side’s seemingly never-ending run of bad luck with injuries continued.

Josh Cullen celebrates levelling the scores from the spot during West Brom v Charlton. Kyle Andrews

“Jake was meant to start today. On Thursday he jarred his knee, did something to his knee. Yesterday it was really stiff so we couldn’t take the risk. He’s been out for so long with his knee so he had to stay behind. I don’t know [how long he will be out for].

“Josh Cullen was meant to be on the bench. On Thursday, he went to block a shot and it just caught him on his toe and opened up his ankle a little bit. Today we could have been starting with Jake and Josh coming on as a replacement for him but things just aren’t going our way at the moment. That’s part of football. We’ll just get on with it.

“I’m hoping Josh will be in and around it for Fulham. We didn’t want to risk him for now because he has come back a week early. We didn’t want to try and risk him now for this game and have a big setback of another three or four weeks. The most important thing is just that his ankle settles down. There’s nothing wrong, it just needs to settle down.”

PHOTOS: KYLE ANDREWS


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One thought on “Charlton boss Lee Bowyer reveals injury setbacks for Jake Forster-Caskey and Josh Cullen

  • 19th January 2020 at 10:48 am
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    If we don’t turn things around soon we will be relegated to League 1. It was so hard get into the Championship, it’d be crushing to go straight back down, especially after our brilliant, stellar start..

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