Lyle Taylor’s long-awaited return to first team action does not look likely to be against Preston on Sunday.

There was hope the forward would return to the set-up for Sunday’s clash but manager Lee Bowyer has suggested there had been a minor set-back in training.

Taylor has been sideline with a knee injury picked up whilst on international duty with Montserrat at the end of August.

“We were hoping he would maybe train this week, and maybe be on the bench this weekend, but it’s come a bit too soon,” Bowyer said.

“Those were our hopes when he came out the brace and he seemed in a good place, but he’s had a set-back, so he won’t be available this weekend.”

Bowyer revealed the five-goal forward had been on the training pitch but not in full training with the squad before the set-back.

The Addicks boss couldn’t give a time frame for a potential return when probed, although some may say there could potentially be some kidology involved, especially with a London derby at Millwall on the horizon.

“We had to come off him a bit in training as he felt it a little bit, the physio said to come off a few days and then start again.

“My goal is to get him fit as quick as possible, but in the right way.

“We can’t push him and take risks or you lose him for another eight weeks.

“That would be silly.”