PREVIEW | Charlton v Southend United

Lee Novak (groin) and Ezri Konsa (hamstring) remain doubtful to return for Charlton ahead of Saturday's home fixture against Southend.

Lewis Page, Roger Johnson, Harry Lennon and Ahmed Kashi remain long-term absentees.

For the Shrimpers, left-back Ben Coker should be out with a knee injury while Anton Ferdinand remains a doubt, having missed the midweek clash against Bolton Wanderers with a calf injury.

Furthermore, centre-back Ryan Inniss (shoulder) and Ted Smith (wrist) will both miss the match but goalkeeper Christian Walton’s loan from Brighton & Hove Albion has now been extended for another week, so he should continue between the sticks.

Charlton and Southend have met 43 times in the past, with the Addicks coming out on top on 24 occasions.

The Essex side have won nine times while there have been ten ties between the two clubs.

The last time the two team met was on New Year’s Eve, with Andrew Crofts scoring a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall.

Charlton Manager Karl Robinson: “We have to focus our minds and get ourselves ready for a very difficult game. This Southend team are a very good side.

“Phil has done a great job – they are very cohesive in the way they move, they are very aggressive in their press and are very forward thinking in the way they attack.

“They’re strong at the back, as Phil Brown teams always are, and we know that we will be in for a difficult afternoon and no stone can be left unturned.”

Southend Manager Phil Brown: “We want another exciting end to the season to hopefully get into the play-offs and take our club to the next level.

“It’s the third time we’ve come up against Karl Robinson this season and he will have his side well versed at what we’re good at, but again I’m going into battle with 2/2,500 Southend fans and that for me will speak volumes.”

Roger East will take charge of Saturday’s match at The Valley.

Thus far in the 2016/17 campaign, the referee has officiated 28 matches - including eight in the Premier League – where he has brandished 119 yellow and five red cards.

The last time East took charge of a match featuring the Addicks was last May when Charlton lost 3-0 to Championship winning side Burnley in SE7.

He will be supported by linesmen Michael McDonough and Dan Cook, with Daniel Robathan operating duties as fourth official. 

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 encounter 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 £9,000 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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