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Charlton defender Akin Famewo set for another lengthy spell in the treatment room

BY LOUIS MENDEZ

Lee Bowyer has warned that defender Akin Famewo is set for another lengthy spell on the side-lines.

The Norwich loanee, who had just returned from a month out as he started at Shrewsbury last weekend, is now set for an even longer spell in the treatment room after picking up an ankle problem in training this week.

Bowyer explained: “We’re looking at around nine weeks. I saw it happen, you would never think that he’s even hurt himself. He’s cleared the ball and there’s no one near him. He’s just fell off balance and landed on it. You couldn’t believe it. Bad luck for the lads. Nine weeks they’re saying. The good thing is he doesn’t have to have an operation but he has to be in a boot for three weeks and then six weeks rehab.

“When we get to this free week we get to train and do things that we can’t do with the players – shape and unit stuff. Akin just fell onto his ankle as he was doing a crossing routine and clearances. He cleared a ball and then fell backwards and landed on his ankle. That’s not looking good, which is horrible for us because he came back last weekend and was very good. Things like that happen, you can’t control them.

“It’s going to hurt us. When we went on that run we had Akin and big Ryan [Inniss] and now both of them are going to be out for a long time. But it’s alright, we’ve got Jason Pearce and I thought Darren Pratley stepped in and did well today [during the 5-2 win over Wimbledon].”

Albie Morgan was also absent for the victory over the Dons – and is now set for a period of isolation after family member tested positive for coronavirus.

“Young Albie, it was one of his family members,” added Bowyer.

“He’s only young, he’s living at home. I think it’s from Wednesday. They’re saying 14 days but I think there’s a rule change to 10 days. It would have been from Tuesday or Wednesday we were aware of that, maybe Wednesday.”

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