Maynard-Brewer set for full league debut


Ashley Maynard-Brewer is set to earn his full league debut at Port Vale on Saturday, Ben Garner confirmed. 

The academy graduate was recalled from his loan spell at Gillingham on Thursday following injuries to Joe Wollacott and Craig MacGillivray.

“Craig played ever so well on Saturday and did great, but he actually suffered delayed concussion," Garner revealed in his Friday press conference. "He was fine when he took the collision in the game, he was fine at half-time and he was fine in the second half but unfortunately he took a turn for the worse in the dressing room after the game. 

"He had to go to hospital in Burton on Saturday night. It was a bad concussion. He’s at home recovering and he won’t be available for tomorrow. Our priority is Craig’s health and wellbeing and we’ll ease him back into football at the right time.”

“It’s a daily assessment with Craig," the boss added. "He certainly won’t be available for Saturday and definitely not for Tuesday either, but then we’ll assess it from there.”

Garner was full of praise for Maynard-Brewer, who has caught the eye at Sparrows Lane since returning to full fitness. 

“The plan for Ash was obviously for him to go to Gillingham, be the number one there and play a host of games in League Two this season which would have been fantastic for his development," said the manager. "He picked up the injury and he’s obviously been back with us rehabilitating and training for several weeks now. I’ve been really, really impressed with him. He’s a really talented goalkeeper, he has a fantastic mentality, great maturity for his age and he will play tomorrow. 

"Ash has really impressed me and I’m fully expecting him to take his opportunity because he’s got wonderful talent and a really strong mentality for a goalkeeper," he continued. "He’s got my full trust and confidence tomorrow and hopefully this can be the start of a very successful Charlton career for him.”

Meanwhile, Nathan Harness will be on the bench having been recalled from his loan spell at Bromley on Thursday.

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