Bury v Charlton Athletic preview
Bury v Charlton Athletic preview

Speculation is mounting that both Ricky Holmes and Ezri Konsa will leave the club‎ before the end of the month.

The club expect both players to depart, but thus far, there has been no indication that Karl Robinson will be given funds to bring in any replacements.

Robinson was adamant at his press conference on Thursday that Holmes would only go if he could bring a replacement in, and use the fee to strengthen the squad.

Whether he will be given funds remains to be seen.

Robinson also confessed that he only had 16 fit players for Saturday’s trip to Bury. Previously he has named a less than full subs bench, rather than name youngsters to fill it.

None of the injured players will recover in time for the match. Jake Forster-Caskey was hopeful of being available, but possibly Robinson is being cautious.

Leon Best, Jason Pearce and Forster-Caskey himself were sidelined in their first game back after injury, which suggests they may have been rushed back too quickly.

The Addicks may look something like this:

Amos; Dijksteel, Konsa, Bauer, Dasilva; Kashi, Aribo, Marshall, Reeves, Holmes; Magennis.

Sub: Phillips, Jackson, Lapslie, Mavididi, Hackett-Fairchild.

‎The referee will be Michael Salisbury from Preston.

The Shakers are rock bottom, eleven points adrift of safety, and have lost their last six league games.

Fleetwood also beat them in the Checkatrade Trophy match at Gigg Lane in the week. But Charlton have not won on the road since they beat Bradford in October.

The Addicks need to string some results together to keep their flagging promotion bid going, and despite their injury problems, ‎anything other than a win would be disappointing.