Charlton Athletic booked their place into the second round of the FA Cup with a win against Mansfield Town on Tuesday, but it did not come without a cost.
Lee Bowyer witnessed his side despatch the League Two outfit with a 5-0 victory, however, he has seen his midfield ranks possibly depleted once again.
Darren Pratley became the latest in a long line of players to have picked up an injury, as he was forced off in the second half with an apparent knee injury and replaced by Albie Morgan.
Bowyer has admitted that he is hopeful that it is not too serious, although he does remain a doubt for the game at the weekend against Bristol Rovers at The Valley.
“He [Pratley] has tweaked his knee,” he told the News Shopper.
“Hopefully it shouldn’t be too serious but he had a little tweak in the first half, tried to run it off and couldn’t.
“It was the reason I had to get Albie on, we had no other midfielders. Albie played 90-minutes (yesterday) but we had to put him on the last 15 minutes. It’s wrong really, but we had no choice.”
Charlton will be disappointed to have seen Pratley have to come off in their win against Mansfield and it will come as a blow to the Addicks.
With the League One fixture coming up against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, Bowyer will be hopeful that the veteran midfielder does not have to spend too long on the treatment table.
Josh Cullen has been on the sidelines recently with a dislocated shoulder, whilst Jamie Ward is returning from international duty with an injury, whilst Billy Clarke played his first match in a long time and is making a return to fitness.
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