Nicky Ajose has been given a fresh Charlton start by Karl Robinson.

The striker, 26, was struggling for game time at Bury after falling out with senior staff - and his season-long loan has been cut short.

Ajose’s Charlton career seemed over when he opted to move to the Shakers last summer. But he returned to the Valley last month and has impressed Robinson and Lee Bowyer in training.

Robinson said: “He knocked on my door this week and said ‘Gaffer, I really want to stay. I want to fight for my place’.

“All the things I asked him to do in the summer, and sometimes it takes a step backwards to really open up your eyes, he’s certainly done and I respect what he said to me.

“He’s a goalscorer. He’ll come back, he’ll fit in and when we need him he’ll play. He was quite happy with what I felt was the situation with him.

“The way he’s conducted himself has been impeccable in the last two weeks, so it’s something that we decided to do.

“It gives us more numbers, he’s got a slight groin strain but he’ll be back Monday training and once he is back it’s another body that we can rely upon.”

The former Swindon hitman, who joined Charlton for big money in 2016, will now aim to fire the Addicks into the Championship.

Ajose scored four goals in 14 appearances for Bury.

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