Lyle Taylor is set for a spell on the sidelines after he suffered a knee injury while away on international duty with Montserrat.

The Charlton star, who has scored five goals in six games to begin the season, was put in a protective brace and was absent from their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City.

Lee Bowyer was originally confident the 29-year-old could feature against the Blues but that was revised once club officials learned the extent of his injury.

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Speaking to BBC London Sport, he said: “Lyle's not good. That's how it is now. It's obviously worse than what we first thought it was going to be so he's going to miss a period and we'll have to adapt.

“We've got a good squad, so yeah. Obviously it's disappointing for us but that's the game, unfortunately.”

Asked whether he knows how long Taylor will be out for, Bowyer added: “I'm not going to chuck any figures out there because we don't know for sure yet, but we know he ain't going to be back in the next few weeks.

“He's going to miss a run of games, how many we won't know until he starts getting treatment and starts trying to make himself better.

“We're going to miss him for a few games for sure.”

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Charlton, who were the first newly-promoted Championship team to go six games unbeaten to start their campaign since 2011, travel to Wigan Athletic next.