BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer will play Elliott Ward in both the club’s pre-season friendlies this week – against Cambridge United tomorrow and then at Dulwich Hamlet on Wednesday night.
The centre-back, on a free after his release by Blackburn, played the second 45 minutes at Welling United at the weekend.
The Addicks’ fixture against Cambridge United had been an under-23 fixture but Bowyer wanted to use first-teamers in the contest and it will now be behind closed doors.
Two Charlton elevens will play four 30-minute matches at the club’s Sparrows Lane training ground.
“I don’t think he really got tested,” said Bowyer when asked about Ward’s first runout. “Maybe I should have played him in the first half and it would have been a bit more physical for him.
“We’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday, so he’s going to play in them two games. You’ve got to remember he’s only been in a week, where our lads have been in two or three weeks.
“You can see whar he’s good at. He wins the ball in the air, he’s a man. He’s experienced, he knows the game. His fitness looked a bit off but you’d expect that after being in such a short space of time.”
Bowyer’s plans for the next two friendlies look to have shifted a bit from how he outlined them going on Saturday.
He said: “We’ll split the two teams up as equally as we possibly can. The two teams who played against QPR played today [Saturday]. They will play 60-30 against Cambridge, then we’ll reverse it for Dulwich.
“For Crawley we will mix it up a little more and Brighton we will mix it up. Norwich will be a stronger team.”
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