Lee Bowyer is confident leading scorer Lyle Taylor will be fit for Charlton Athletic’s promotion clash at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
Taylor was rumoured to have left Kingsmeadow in a protective boot following the Addicks dramatic late win over Wimbledon last time out, something Bowyer admitted was right but confirmed that despite rolling his ankle the fifteen goal striker would be fit to play in South Yorkshire.
?LB: “Lyle Taylor rolled his ankle, but he’s fine. He trained on Tuesday and will train today and tomorrow, so he’s fine. He had a boot on last Saturday, but that was precautionary." #cafc
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) February 28, 2019
The news will delight Charlton fans. Taylor has been a key man for them since joining in the summer from Wimbledon where he scored forty-four league goals in one hundred and thirty-one appearances.
The Addicks travel north to the Keepmoat one place and five points ahead of sixth-placed Doncaster, although Rovers do have a game in hand. Charlton already enjoy a seven-point cushion over Peterborough in seventh, so a win on Saturday will further establish Charlton’s playoff credentials in a match Bowyer described as a ‘six-pointer.’ when speaking on the club’s official Twitter page.
Doncaster lost in midweek to an improving Shrewsbury side, a result that didn’t surprise Bowyer. ‘They would have gone there expecting to win, but Shrewsbury are a good side at home, and it’s a difficult place to go. I didn’t really surprise me because it’s a tough place to go.’
On the Addicks hopes of automatic promotion, Bowyer felt it was now out of their hands but called on his players to be ready if the clubs above them slip up, “We’re still pushing for top two. Teams have been dropping points, and there will be more points dropped before the end of the season. It’s in the top two’s hands, but if they slip, I want us to be in a position to take advantage.’
The news on Taylor is welcome for Addick fans who know just what a key player he has been for them this season.
He is the club’s top scorer, and the team have often struggled to find the net in his absence.
Bowyer has done a great job at the Valley, in what can be a toxic atmosphere, as fans continue to protest against owner Roland Duchatelet.
Like Terry McPhillips at Blackpool, Bowyer deserves enormous credit for keeping the players focussed on the business on the pitch.