Charlton boss Karl Robinson is in no rush to offer Alou Diarra a short-term deal.

The veteran midfielder, who enjoyed a successful 18-month spell at the Valley before leaving in 2016, is training with the club again.

Diarra, 36, hasn't played a competitive game in almost a year.

But a foot injury to Ahmed Kashi, which could rule him out for the rest of the season, has left Robinson short of options in midfield.

When asked if Kashi’s injury could speed up a contract offer for Diarra, Robinson told News Shopper: “No, no. Me and Alou have spoken for most days about the situation.

“Listen, if we get to a period of time, and he’s training really well, then it’s a conversation we’ll have to have.

“Obviously in midfield, we’re having a good look at that because Kashi’s been an ever-present. It was an area I was looking to strengthen in January.

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“We've got Alou training with us and we know Ezri Konsa can step up and play there. At home, Jake Forster-Caskey can play as a holding midfielder, and away from home, we've got Johnnie Jackson as well.”

Meanwhile, first-choice left-back Jay Dasilva is set to miss between four to eight weeks with an ankle problem.

The injuries to the Chelsea loanee and Kashi are major blows to Charlton’s promotion hopes.

The seventh-placed Addicks travel to relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon on Saturday - and Robinson could turn to Lewis Page to fill the void left by Dasilva.

Page is yet to make an appearance for the first-team this season due to achilles and hamstring injuries.

Robinson said: “Lewis Page is fit, he’s played a few games for the Under-23s recently. We’ve also got Naby Sarr and Harry Lennon who can play at left-back.

“We’ve got some players who can do a job in certain positions.

“It’s been a very difficult 24 hours for us. I was devastated when I found out [about the injuries to Kashi and Dasilva], I was on the floor really.

“But I have to move forward and get on with it and make sure that I do my best and the players that are fit do their best.”

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