Richard Cawley of the SLP has stated that no news is expected from Charlton tonight in terms of transfers. This has clearly disappointed some fans to say the least, although ESI never said they had huge sums of money to spend. Some fans simply jumped to their own conclusions.
Cawley has subsequently tweeted: 'Charlton chairman Matt Southall has told @charltonlive that he is "hard at work at the training ground with rest of the team trying to get things over the line. Hopefully we'll have some good news for you all soon'. A tweeted picture of a supply of soft drinks appears to be authentic.
Lee Bowyer has said that Sam Field should be available for Saturday's game against Barnsley, although presumably that means from the bench. Chuks Aneke may also be available, although I have to admit I do not find that much of a morale boost: Injury situation and the pressure of Saturday's clash
Sombre supremo Bowyer emphasised the size of the task he faced: 'We’ve got most players back but some need training first. That’s been the problem – we’ve had six or seven come back at the same time but they are all limited to 30 minutes each and I can only make three subs!'
'It’s about trying to blend them all in. Getting them all fully back will make my job a lot easier – it will mean I can rotate. The next month is going to be a tough month because there are a lot of games. We’re going to need the full squad.'
There are media reports that Brentford are going to make another effort to secure the services of Lyle Taylor. This was not what I was hearing from normally reliable Brentford sources earlier in the week, but the picture can change quickly as the transfer deadline nears.