Tariqe Fosu has spoken publicly about his two-month injury hell.

The Charlton winger, 22, was flying until damaging a thigh in early November and then aggravating it over a week later against MK Dons.

Addicks boss Karl Robinson later made a tongue in cheek comment about how he’d stopped talking to the crocked Fosu after he failed to report the initial injury, believing it was just “stiffness”.

In his first interview since coming back against Walsall last month, Fosu told News Shopper: “I’ve never really been injured before so it was a difficult time not being able to train or help the boys on the pitch.

“The physios helped me a lot. The boys gave me some support as well which was good.

“The gaffer didn’t speak to me for a little while! But he spoke to me further down the line and gave me support and gave me good advice. It made me feel much better.

“It was just before Christmas. He’d just walk straight past me.

“It was banter, saying he wasn’t speaking to me. But it was all right, it was all light-hearted.”

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Fosu, a summer signing from Reading, netted seven goals in 19 appearances before his injury.

And Charlton desperately missed him, winning just three league games in his absence.

Streatham-based Fosu, who is the club’s top scorer, said: “I came to a lot of the home games, not really the away games. I tried to support the boys.

“When we played away, I was just at home relaxing with my family and I’d always check up on the scores.

“Being around my family and doing things outside of football got me through my injury. Obviously going to church, keeping my mind off football, things like that.

“I did fun things like golf, bowling and just chilled with my family.”

There is even more pressure on Fosu to perform after star man Ricky Holmes moved to Sheffield United last month.

And Stephy Mavididi’s hamstring injury, which will rule him out for eight weeks, has highlighted the significance of Fosu’s return.

He added: “It’s a massive, massive blow because I was building a connection with Stephy on the pitch.

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Tariqe Fosu and Stephy Mavididi celebrate together | Picture: Benjamin Peters Photography 

“I spoke to him and gave him a little bit of advice. It’ll be hard but we’ve got a lot of other players that can fill in and do a job. So we should be all right.

“I’ve always got a point to prove. I just go out there and play my game.

“I don’t really feel any added expectation or anything like that.

“I’ve just got to do a job and help the team as much as possible.”

Charlton are two points away from sixth-placed Bradford and face Doncaster tomorrow.

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