Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charlton Are So Short of Players Even Bowyer Fancies a Game!

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Charlton Are So Short of Players Even Bowyer Fancies a Game!

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro Football Correspondent

KARL ROBINSON is without so many senior players that his assistant at Charlton, Lee Bowyer, has even suggested coming out of retirement. The midfielder hung up his boots in 2012 after a career that started at Charlton and also included West Ham and Leeds but Robinson suggests he could consider naming the 40-year-old on the bench if the injury list grows.

Charlton are without eight senior players for tomorrow's home game against Blackpool, including top scorer Tariqe Fosu, influential midfielders Ricky Holmes and Jake Forster-Caskey, and first-choice centre-backs Jason Pearce and Patrick Bauer.

Forward Billy Clarke was this week ruled out for the season, while midfielder Ahmed Kashi and defender Lewis Page are also sidelined.

Bowyer has joined in some training sessions this week and Robinson jokes: "I am sure a few players would feel the force of his tackles!

"He actually did say this week some of the players who are 18, they are miles off and it could crucify a young player even if they are talented. But you are not going to crucify Lee Bowyer. If it comes to it then it is something I will take seriously.

"We are laughing but he could sit on the bench for us. I am sure he could do a cameo for 15 minutes. Funnily enough he was actually in for treatment yesterday after he fell on his shoulder coming down the stairs at home!" Charlton have been hit hard by injuries but Robinson is trying to stay positive ahead of four games in nine days over the festive period.

The Addicks are sixth in League One and Robinson says: "The League does not stop because you have injuries so you have to get on with it. The players understand it will be a difficult time but they have been brilliant this week. I could moan but you have to have a positivity about it."

Robinson is confident Charlton are on track to achieve promotion and is proud of the progress his side are making this season. …

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