Charlton will be without George Lapslie for their trip to Wigan on Saturday whilst captain Jason Pearce is expected to overcome a calf strain for the trip.

Lapslie joins long term absentees Lyle Taylor and Lewis Page in the treatment room as the Addicks travel to the DW Stadium looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham at The Valley last weekend.

“George (Lapslie) hurt his hamstring on Tuesday,” the Addicks boss said.

“He’s going to be out for a couple of weeks.

“(Jason) Pearce has a little bit of tightness but he’ll be ok, he won’t train today (Thursday) but he’ll be OK for Friday.

“Apart from that, everyone’s ok.”

Midfielder Lapslie, 22, has featured in three games this season, and impressively filled in at right-wing back in the 1-0 win over Brentford.

His absence is eased by the return to full fitness of Biram Kayal who made his bow from the bench for the Addicks in the Birmingham defeat.

Midfield is an area where Bowyer is fortunately blessed in, with Josh Cullen, Sam Field, Darren Pratley, Conor Gallagher, Jake Forster-Caskey as well as Kayal all available.

One player who will be missing is Lewis Page.

The left-back hasn’t since October last season and his Championship debut looks some way off with Bowyer revealing a return date is unknown with the former West Ham trainee now in a protective boot or his achillies.

The trip to Wigan also comes too soon for new signing Adam Matthews.

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Bowyer admits he’s nearing first team action but will need another 90 minutes under his belet before he’ll compete with Chris Solly for the right back spot.

“He’ll have another game on Monday for the under23s away to Ipswich and then start coming in with us.

“Once he plays that he’ll be in and around the squad for the next game, but the weekend’s too soon, he has to be ready, every game we play is tough against good wingers, so he has to be ready when we need him.”