PREVIEW | Charlton v Scunthorpe United

Karl Robinson has a number of injury problems to deal with ahead of Saturday’s game.

Central defensive quartet Harry Lennon, Jason Pearce, Patrick Bauer and Jorge Teixeira are all unavailable. The former three have injuries, while Portuguese enforcer Teixeira is suspended.

Johnnie Jackson also remains out with a hamstring injury, as does Josh Magennis with an ankle problem, and long-term absentee Ahmed Kashi.

More positively, Lee Novak could return from his knee injury and Lewis Page is also in contention.

For the visitors, striker Kevin van Veen is suspended and fellow front man Paddy Madden is sidelined with a groin injury.

Conor Townsend and Scott Wiseman will also be absent but centre-back David Mirfin could come back in after featuring in a behind-closed doors friendly in midweek. 

Charlton and Scunthorpe United have come up against each other 21 times before. The Addicks have won on six occasions, with the Iron one behind on five. There have also been 10 draws.

Last time we met came in the Emirates FA Cup in November. The Addicks won 3-1, with Ademola Lookman netting a double and Johnnie Jackson also scoring.

Charlton Manager Karl Robinson: “Graham [Alexander] has done an amazing this job there. To have done what they have done so far this season is outstanding. They have been the pace setters for a large part of the season.

“It’s a long season, it’s hard to stay up there for the duration and we all have dips. That’s not to say that they’re going to have one.

“It’s a real test for us and to go into the game with no Lennon, no Teixeira, no Pearce and no Bauer makes it tougher. I’ve never known to have four centre halves out.

“The positive is that Lee Novak will be back in the squad. Ricky Holmes will be a week fitter and so will Tony Watt.”

Scunthorpe midfielder Sam Mantom: “Being there before, we’ve got to be right on the ball and that’s something we’ll be looking to do. When we played there in the FA Cup it was a really tough game.

“We know what they’re about, they’ve got some physical players and they’re pretty good at home, so we’ll do everything we can to give a better showing than we did in the first game.”

Following a late change of official, Dean Whitestone will now take charge of Saturday’s match.

So far this season, he has overseen 28 matches – across five different competitions – where he has brandished 74 yellow cards but no reds.

Whitestone last officiated Charlton in August 2016, for our 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers at The Valley.

He will be supported by linesmen Stephen Finch and Matthew Lee, and fourth official David Rock.

Supporters can follow all the build-up to the game on Charlton's official Instagram account, official Twitter account, Facebook page official Snapchat account and on the CAFC Wall.

Live commentary of the clash will be available on the club’s Matchday Live service on CAFC PlayerHD.

Supporters can follow live updates and have your say by using the CAFC Wall. An in-depth match report and full match reaction will be available shortly after the final whistle, while supporters can watch extended, multi-angle highlights on CAFC PlayerHD.

Tickets for Saturday’s match remain on sale. The match has been classified as an Addicks silver game and ticket prices start at £17 adults, £14 adult disabled, £13 over 65s, £10 students, disabled concessions and U18s, and £5 U11s.

Tickets for the match can be purchased in person from the Valley Superstore, from the Ticket Office on the day of the game, by calling 03330 14 44 44 or by going online. Please click here to visit our ticketing website.

The Charlton Club Crossbar Challenge prize fund will stand at £5,500 on Saturday.

The half-time competition, which launched earlier this season, began with a £500 jackpot and rolls over by an additional £500 every time it is not hit.

The challenge is open to jackpot ticket purchasers* and all members of Valley Gold – the sponsors of the event – who will automatically be entered into the draw. They are tasked with striking the crossbar from the edge of the D (22 yards out) in just one shot.

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on the Crossbar Challenge

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