Chris Solly’s battle for a Charlton Athletic start – as boss Bowyer reckons fight for starting spots has intensified


Lee Bowyer has told his Charlton players that they will sometimes miss out on his matchday 18 now that he has greater numbers to choose from.

The Addicks have seen their injury list abate in recent weeks along with signings made in the last transfer window boosting the options for their manager.

Chris Solly has not even been on the bench for the last four Championship matches.

The 29-year-old, out of contract at the end of July, has started just twice since late November in the league.

“Adam [Matthews] has been doing well,” said Bowyer. “Adam is improving loads and getting better with his fitness and that’s making him better as well.

“Because Deji has been in the squad he can play right-back, centre-half or centre-midfield – he covers a lot of positions. That’s why Sols has missed out, because we are getting bodies back.

“There are going to be more missing out because we’ve just added three more to the squad.

“I’d much rather have that headache rather than bringing in people who might not be ready just because I have to.

“Players are going to miss out because of the opposition we play, the type of game it will be or recovery.

“There will be people involved on Saturday who probably won’t even be in the squad on Tuesday. That’s the way I’ve got to try and look after them now. We need to try and keep them all fit for more games.”

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