Major boost for Addicks
Major boost for Addicks

Lee Bowyer revealed on Tuesday morning that Tariqe Fosu had returned to training.

Fosu picked up a hamstring injury in the game at Portsmouth on 21 April, and was thought to be ruled out until the end of this month.

If he does not suffer any adverse reaction, he is likely to be used as a second half substitute on Thursday.

Fosu has been a revelation since signing from Reading in the summer. Originally thought to be a squad player, Mark Marshall’s pre-season injury opened the door to a regular starting spot for him.

Fosu has scored nine goals so far this season‎ and adds the x-factor to Charlton’s attacking play.

Here is what Bowyer had to say on Tuesday:

“Tariqe is back in training with us today (Tuesday). We have to see how he gets on in the next 48 hours in training.
“But he’s done all his rehab now so we’ll be gently introducing him with us and seeing how he reacts to that.

“If we can keep him wrapped up then he can be massive at some stage in the next two games.

“It would be a massive bonus (to have him on the bench on Thursday). When he first did his hamstring, I said he’d be out for three weeks. So it just shows the work the medical staff have put in and Tariqe himself, staying extra hours to get himself back in contention.

“Everyone is pulling together and putting a shift in to give us the best opportunity to get to Wembley.”

Goal line technology will be used in all the EFL play-off games, and the equipment was installed at The Valley on Tuesday.

‎Already in operation for all Championship games, Thursday will be the first time the system has been used in League One or Two.