Charlton Athletic boss confident in healthy squad options for Wycombe Wanderers – South London News


Charlton Athletic is expected to regain nearly full strength for their New Years game against the Wycombe Wanderers at The Valley.

The Addicks have been out of action since December 18 – a 1-0 loss to Plymouth – with cases of Covid-19 and injuries seeing the EFL accept their request to postpone AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham matches.

But Charlton manager Johnnie Jackson was able to give positive news this morning on his team’s options.

Akin Famewo, Conor Washington and Josh Davison all missed the game at Home Park after testing positive for Covid-19.

“Looks like we could bring back most of the guys that were missing,” he told the South London Press. “Most of the missing staff are back now.

“We’re still waiting for some of the boys for the latter part of the week, but we’ll be much healthier and in a better position than in the two games that were called off.

“A couple got sick right after that [Plymouth match]. We should have a much cleaner health check.

Center-back Ryan Inniss, absent for nearly four months with a groin injury, played the final 22 minutes at Argyle.

“This [the postponements] gave Ryan a little more time, ”Jackson said. “He came against Plymouth, but it was probably a much faster schedule than we wanted for him. We lost Akin for this match, which was a big blow, and Deji [Elerewe] was out. He has had another period now to prepare him for the game.

“He’s about to be able to start.

Sam Lavelle of Charlton Athletic reacts after the final whistle during the Sky Bet League One match at Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood. Picture date: Saturday October 2, 2021.

“[Sam] Lavelle is getting closer to training. I think he’ll be back in the squad at some point next week. Adam Matthews is back in training and available. Corey Blackett-Taylor is back with the band and available too. This gives us a few more options.

The Addicks are back in action after a two-week hiatus.

Asked about the impact of the break on Charlton, Jackson replied: “It’s a bit of the unknown but we were a bit slow in Plymouth and we were in the middle of a series of games then. In hindsight, it could be because the guys were suffering from the ill effects of Covid. It could well have played a role.

“Hopefully it gave us a bit of refreshment, but we’ve had a lot of guys who missed out on big training chunks during that time as well. You can’t just put them straight back into a full workout. You have to build them and manage them.

“Hopefully that means we’ll be cooler when we play on Saturday, but I won’t know until kick-off at 3pm.”

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