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06-Oct 02:15, by Ketts

Karl Robinson will have the kind of selection headache managers love when his side return to competitive action.

Mark Marshall had a frustrating start to his Charlton career. Injured before the season even started, he was forced to watch from the sidelines as his new colleagues got off to a decent start.

A determined sort, Marshall worked hard on his recovery, and finally appeared on the team sheet at Fleetwood last weekend.

An injury to Billy Clarke early in the second half gave Marshall the chance to make his bow. He explained his frustrations to the club's website: ‎

‎"Coming to a new club, you want to get off to a flyer but unfortunately I had that injury.‎

"It has been a long setback so its just good to be back out there.‎

"It was devastating, I was only two weeks into pre-season when it happened but fortunately weve got a good medical team here, theyve helped me all the way through and Im back now."‎

Karl Robinson had hinted that Marshall and Ben Reeves would come on for the last 20 minutes or so at Highbury, but the injury to Clarke meant that Marshall got a longer stint than originally planned, which he enjoyed:‎

‎"It felt great, to be honest - I didnt expect to come on for 40 minutes.

"I had to come on and do a job, and I just tried to keep it simple.

"I tried to do my job for the team because, ultimately, no individual is as important as the team - its about working in an overall structure."

Marshall and Reeves would probably have been ahead of Tariqe Fosu and Clarke in the pecking order had they been fit at the start of the season. But Fosu grabbed a ha‎t-trick at Fleetwood, and Clarke has been one of Robinson's stand out performers, so the manager will have some tough decisions to make.

Here are Marshall's thoughts:‎

‎"‎Weve got some good players in my position so I know its going to be a battle to get in the team.‎

Its about focusing on the future, and competition is good because it only pushes you on."

"Weve got good attacking players and we need to work together for the team.‎

"We all know where we want to be at the end of the season and were all here to push each other on."‎

Marshall and Clarke are high class performers at this level, and their return will give the Addicks a timely boost as they seek to scale the table.‎

‎The pair both featured in Tuesday's behind-closed-doors encounter with Ipswich at Sparrows Lane, and will take part in an internal game on Saturday.

Marshall scored twice on Tuesday and added:‎

"I feel good, games like that are important for building up my fitness.‎

"Its nice to get on the scoresheet, it can only boost my confidence, and hopefully I can now transfer that to the first-team."‎

 

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