Lee Bowyer is hoping striker Lyle Taylor will come through a late fitness test to play a part in Charlton’s weekend fixture against Cardiff City.

The Bluebirds, now managed by former Millwall boss Neil Harris, travel to The Valley for the lunchtime kick-off to take on an Addicks side ravaged by injury.

Taylor has been out of action since the end of August with knee ligament damage picked up while on international duty with Montserrat, and Bowyer is hoping his star man is available for selection.

“Lyle is touch and go,” the Addicks boss said.

“He had a set back the other week and we are trying to get him through that but its touch and go.

“At the back end of last week he was outside running and he’s started kicking balls this week.

“It’s just whether he holds up after training today and tomorrow.

“Apart from that there’s no one coming back in the next couple of weeks.”

Charlton have as many as ten players in the treatment room and with midfielder Darren Pratley suspended for picking up five bookings, Bowyer admitted it made sense to re-call Albie Morgan from his loan spell at Ebbsfleet sooner than intended.

“It’s obvious to see the last few weeks we’ve put the kids on the bench with no experience what so ever," he contuned. 

“We don’t have the numbers.

“We’ve brought Albie back and we still won’t fill the bench.

“We are very low on numbers.”

Charlton went into the international break last weekend on the back of three defeats in four that left them 11th in the league.

Cardiff arrive just one point and three places below Bowyer’s side.