Lee Bowyer lamented his midfield injury woes after Darren Pratley picked up a knock in the 5-0 FA Cup first-round win on Tuesday.

The midfielder was replaced shortly after the hour by youngster Albie Morgan, a move that was forced on the Charlton boss.

“He [Pratley] has tweaked his knee,” said Bowyer.

“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 for the last 15 minutes. It’s wrong really, but we had no choice.”

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Pratley played in a midfield trio with George Lapslie and the returning Billy Clarke who played 77-minutes. With Clarke still finding his way back to full fitness, Pratley limping off and loan signing Jamie Ward returning from international duty with an injury, it leaves Bowyer light in the middle of the park.

“The only [fit] midfielder I have got who I didn’t bring here today is Joe Aribo” conitnued Bowyer. “Reevesy (Ben Reeves) has been training but if he was ready he would’ve been playing tonight to get minutes into him.

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Another midfielder who’s also been missing is Josh Cullen. The West Ham loanee dislocated his shoulder in the 2-0 win at Walsall earlier this month but may return to action this Saturday according to Bowyer.

“I might be forced just to chuck him in (on the weekend). He wasn’t ready to play tonight.”

Charlton welcome Bristol Rovers to The Valley on Saturday.