Stepy Mavididi will return to the Charlton side this weekend after recovering from another serious hamstring problem.
Speaking to the press ahead of their game against Northampton, caretaker manager, Lee Bowyer (yes, that one), said, “Ezri is off today but Josh came back and trained on Monday. [Ahmed] Kashi is back in the building, that’s a positive.
“I’ve just seen little Jay Dasilva at breakfast. He has trained the last two days at Chelsea and is training with us today.
“Stephy will be on the bench at the weekend. I’ve got some good players coming back – two internationals coming back and little Jay Dasilva, who I love.
“I don’t think Kashi will be ready yet, he is doing stuff with staff. It is good to have them back because we have got a lot of games in a short space of time, there will be rotation.”
Mavididi was ruled out for two months at the start of February so it’s good to see the youngster returning ahead of schedule.
The 19-year-old returned to training last week and was expected to feature against Plymouth last weekend but was a little short for that game.
Before his injury, Mavididi scored two goals and assisted one in just four league games for Charlton. The team won three in four matches as a result.
Mavididi hasn’t had the best luck with his loan spells. Last year with Charlton, he only played five times before injury forced him back to Arsenal. At Preston North End for the first half of this season, he only started three matches. He was perfectly fit, the manager just didn’t give him opportunities.
Mavididi damaged his hamstring in a 3-2 defeat to Oxford United, forcing forward off in the second half.
Before the scan, Charlton were hopeful that he’d only be out for three weeks.
Charlton released a statement at the time, saying, “Stephy Mavididi sustained an injury to his left hamstring during Saturday’s game against Oxford United.
“The injury is the same side as the one he had last season, however, it is in a different place and not a repeat of the same injury.
“He has seen a specialist this week and the rehabilitation will be slightly more prolonged due to his previous injury and at this stage the tentative timescale has been set at around eight weeks.
“Our medical team are currently in close liaison with the medical team at Arsenal regarding his treatment and rehabilitation.”
Next, Mavididi’s timeline of misfortune