Charlton midfielder is a doubt for Bristol Rovers clash – as boss Bowyer talks about depleted options

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Darren Pratley is a doubt for Charlton’s home game against Bristol Rovers on Saturday after coming off in Tuesday night’s FA Cup win over Mansfield with a knee injury.

Youngster Albie Morgan replaced the experienced holding midfielder for the closing stages of the Addicks’ 5-0 win at The Valley.

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer said: “He [Pratley] has tweaked his knee. Hopefully it shouldn’t be too serious but he had a little tweak in the first half, tried to run it off and couldn’t.

“It was the reason I had to get Albie on, we had no other midfielders. Albie played 90 minutes yesterday [Monday] but we had to put him on for the last 15 minutes. It’s wrong really, but we had no choice.”

Krystian Bielik will return to boost selection options on Saturday but Jamie Ward has come back from international duty with Northern Ireland with a knock as well.

“The only [fit] midfielder I have got who I didn’t bring here today is Joe Aribo,” said Bowyer. “Reevesy [Ben Reeves] has been training but if he was ready he would’ve been playing tonight to get minutes into him. Josh Cullen is injured.

“I might be forced just to chuck him in [on Saturday]. He wasn’t ready to play tonight.”


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