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Charlton Athletic boss has praise for defensive duo – with Ryan Inniss not expected to make quick return from quad injury

Lee Bowyer has praised the performances of Chris Gunter and Darren Pratley as they deputised at centre-back in Charlton’s 1-1 draw at Gillingham on Saturday.

The Addicks have lost Ryan Inniss to a quad injury and Jason Pearce is still working his way back to full fitness.

Deji Oshilaja (foot) and Akin Famewo (hamstring) were also not ready for a return in Kent.

“Ryan is out for a bit – I don’t want to guess how long yet but he’s not going to be back soon,” said Charlton manager Bowyer.

“That’s disappointing, because we’ve looked really good at the back.

“But I have to say the two lads stepped in really well. We didn’t have a centre-half fit and ready to start and you’re going to Gillingham – which is probably the worst place to go in that scenario when you consider the way they play.

Gillingham v Charlton Athletic SkyBet League One, MEMS Priestfield Stadium, 21 November 2020

“But the two lads stepped in and were outstanding. Pearcey has played two [U23] games – 45 minutes and 60. He can be on the bench if we need him for the last 10-15 minutes. Deji is another who is fit enough to be on the bench but not to start yet. They both need to get some training in.

“But the two lads who played there did well – it’s not like we need to panic.”

Next up for Charlton is Burton away tomorrow evening.

Asked about injuries, Bowyer replied: “Nothing has changed from the weekend – everyone came through the weekend okay.

“A couple are a bit tired because we had to keep pushing right to the end – but if you’re not tired after a game then something is wrong!

“Yesterday we were in to get our recovery right. Today will be the same. We’ll travel up later today and get some rest when we are up there.”

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