BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Nigel Adkins admitted that Charlton took a gamble by utilising defender Ryan Inniss from the bench during the 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra at The Valley this evening – and has also provided an update on the fitness of Diallang Jaiyesimi.
Giant defender Inniss was introduced from the bench 15 minutes from time as Adkins juggled formations in the search for a winner with the scores tied at 1-1 – just days after the 25-year-old had limped out of the home defeat to Peterborough.
The former Crystal Palace trainee had missed a large spell of this campaign with a quad problem and suffered a jarred knee over the weekend, but Adkins said the Addicks will manage his fitness carefully.
“He’s been out injured for a long period of time,” explained the Charlton chief.
“He’s played. We’re very mindful it’s difficult for him to play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday. We’re being very careful of him. Maybe he’s been asked to play before when he’s not been fully fit and he’s broken down and been out a while with injuries.
“We’re protecting him. We took the gamble with him tonight being on the bench. He’s come on and done great. I’d like to think he’s going to be fine for the weekend’s game as well and that’s what we want.”
Jaiyesimi, whose Charlton career has really taken off over the last few weeks following his January arrival from Swindon Town, was also withdrawn from the clash with the Posh on Saturday with a hamstring issue.
When asked for an update on his condition, Adkins confirmed: “He did a little bit of running yesterday, doing a bit more now. We’ll have to wait and see. I will not anticipate him being fit for the weekend but we’ll just see. We’ll take it gradually as we go. He’s been really good, DJ. It’s a shame.
“We played Ian [Maatsen this evening] knowing that he’s come back from injury. Can we get 45 out of him? We give him an extra 10 knowing we could put Conor [Washington] on there. Can we get half an hour out of Conor? Little bit more, you could see he was blowing there. And you could see Chuks [Aneke] was blowing. Are you going to start them, bring them off the bench? How much are you going to get out of them? That’s the thing.”
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