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ADDICKS IN MARKET FOR TWO LEFT-BACKS?

14-Jun 04:10, by Ketts

Lewis Page will be sidelined until at least October, leaving the Addicks without a senior left-back.

It has been reported in the local press that Chris O'Loughlin has left the club. O'Loughlin arrived during Russell Slade's tenure on a short term basis, but Karl Robinson asked him to stay until the end of the season.

O'Loughlin joins Kevin Nugent and Simon Clarke as departures from the coaching set up since Robinson arrived.

There has still been no official confirmation of the roles Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson will play next season.‎

The pair have been widely rumoured to be assistant manager and first team coach respectively.‎

Both are inexperienced coaching wise, but head of recruitment, Steve Gallen, has a Pro Licence and was interim manager at Queens Park Rangers for a while in 2009. Robinson will be pleased to have Gallen's experience to call on.

Robinson has issued Nicky Ajose with a challenge ahead of pre-season. Ajose spent the second half of the season on loan at Swindon after his move to The Valley never really took off.

Here‎ is what Robinson said to the South London Press:

‎"I want Nicky Ajose to come back in pre-season and prove to me he wants to get promotion with us. ‎

"Heís not causing any problems. He was someone not playing who wanted to go on loan last season. ‎I want to see him come back and fight for his place.‎

"I watched four of his games for Swindon on computer Ė we had scouts who went to watch him play. It wasnít as successful as his previous season there but it was a different type of team.

"‎He tried to fight for them in a hard situation. Hopefully heíll come back and have a right go Ė prove to me he should be our number nine forward."‎

The club confirmed on Tuesday that left-back, Lewis Page, will be out until at least October following further surgery on his hamstring.

Page had this to say:‎

‎"Itís very frustrating for me, Iíd put a lot of hardwork in with the medical staff over the close season and was looking forward to hitting the ground running in pre-season.†

"It was a small slip and I felt a pop in my hamstring again. These things can happen, though, and now I am just concentrating on coming back in the best shape I can.†

ďWhile Iím off my feet, Iím using the time to do a lot of extra video analysis work to try and improve the tactical side of my game.†

"Although it is tough at the moment, Iím confident I can return in the best possible condition." †

Charltonís head of medical services Alastair Thrush, explained the situation:‎

"Lewis has undergone repeat surgery on his ruptured hamstring after a freak accident away from the club, when he slipped on a wet floor.†

"Lewis was entering the final four weeks of his rehabilitation programme, following his initial surgery in March of this year, and was due to integrate back into training again when the squad assemble for pre-season.†

"He will now have to undergo a further period of rehabilitation with the medical team and it is anticipated that he could return to action in October time."

Adam Chicksen was released at the end of the season, leaving the Addicks without a senior left-back.‎

Harry Lennon has filled in on an emergency basis in the past, but it seems likely that Robinson will be in the market for two left-backs before the new season kicks-off.

He would like Chelsea youngster, Jay Dasilva, to return to The Valley, but it remains to be seen if the Blues will sanction the move.

 

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