Jason Pearce’s injury shouldn’t keep him out for the rest of the season, according to Charlton manager Lee Bowyer.

The Addicks captain has been sidelined with an ankle injury since the end of 2018 and despite making the bench at Wimbledon last month, Bowyer has confirmed he is still not ready for action.

Recent reports suggested the 31-year-olds season was over were dampened by the manager despite admitting there is no time frame on his return.

“I hope not, I don’t know where that came from.” Bowyer replied when asked if Pearce’s season was finished.

“He won’t be involved Saturday.

“It’s been touch and go, he had another injection in his ankle this week but I don’t think it’ll be the rest of the season.

“It depends on healing, his ankle isn’t right.

“Him being him he tried to play through pain, but I just said to him to get himself right.

“He’s running with a limp.

“He knows how important he is to us, and there’ll be a time we do need him and he needs to be right.”


There were no other injury concerns apart from the already known long-term absences.

Josh Parker is likely to feature at The Valley against Portsmouth after overcoming a virus which kept him away the past fortnight to play in an under 23 game this week.

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