Charlton head coach Lee Bowyer has expressed his delight that striker Igor Vetokele has returned to training, having recovered from injury.
The forward picked up an injury against Welling United in pre-season, but he’s back in training and hoping to be involved soon.
“Igor joined in training today [Monday], which is a big positive,” he told the club’s official website. “And we have, hopefully, got the rest of them coming back into training apart from Billy Clarke from Monday.”
“We’ve got to be careful with them, we can’t rush them and chuck them all back in at the deep end. It’s good to start getting some bodies back because it seems like they have been out forever.”
The 26-year old cost Charlton a whopping £2.4m in 2014, but hasn’t featured recently after two loan spells. He’s been with Zulte Waregem and latterly Sint-Truidense, having last kicked a ball for his parent club in May 2016.
He’s made 48 league starts for the Addicks, scoring 12 times, but hit seven in 21 starts last season in the Belgian top flight.
This could be a massive boost for Charlton, Vetokele hasn’t played for them in a couple of seasons, but he’s young enough and energetic enough to cause real problems in League One.
There’s every chance, if he stays put, that he could become the focal point of the Addicks attack as they hunt a return to the Championship.