Harry Lennon is expected to make his long-awaited return from injury this month.

The Charlton defender, 22, has been out for almost a year with a groin problem.

He was on course to be fit for the Addicks’ pre-season programme, but suffered a setback.

News Shopper has been told that Lennon has stepped up his recovery by taking part in back-to-back training sessions.

And the Addicks academy graduate is set to feature in an Under-23s game before December.

Lennon played just five times last season due to the serious injury, which prevented him from building on his impressive spell in the Championship.

Charlton have a number of centre-half options with Jason Pearce, Ezri Konsa, Patrick Bauer and Naby Sarr vying for starting berths.

And Lennon will add even more competition for places when he makes his comeback.

Charlton turned down bids from two League One clubs for Lennon in the summer.