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BANTAMS UP NEXT

13-Mar 21:02, by Ketts

Charlton's punishing schedule continues with a match against Bradford at The Valley on Tuesday evening.

Charlton ground out a 0-0 draw at Bradford in early December. The match was the first league game that Karl Robinson took charge of, and it was the last time inspirational central defender, Jason Pearce, appeared for the first team. Things have not quite gone to plan since then.

Pearce is only just on the comeback trail after tearing his abductor muscle from the bone in that Bradford game. 

He played for an hour in the Under-23 game against Wimbledon on Sunday, and will have another run out with Jason Euell's side on Wednesday. If he has no adverse reaction, he could be involved at Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Addicks need him right now with Patrick Bauer, Ezri Konsa, Roger Johnson and Harry Lennon all currently sidelined, they are struggling for options in central defence. 

Frederik Ulvestad had to drop back following Konsa's injury on Saturday, and the Norwegian acquitted himself well in his new role. Unless Bauer recovers in time, the Ulvestad may have to play in the heart of defence against the Bantams.

This will be the fifth successive Tuesday‎ game for Robinson's team, and they looked jaded on Saturday.

Charlton could look something like this:

Rudd; Byrne, Teixeira, Ulvestad, Page; Crofts, Jackson, Holmes, Aribo, Chicksen; Watt.

Subs: Phillips, Barnes, Dijksteel, Botaka, Ahearne-Grant, Hanlan, Novak. 

James Linington from the Isle of Wight will be the referee.

Bradford are cemented in the play-off zone, and Stuart McCall will have targeted this game for three points.

Robinson will be hopeful of taking at least a point from the game, to edge his side closer to safety.‎


 

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