Lee Bowyer confirmed at his pre-Bradford City press conference on Thursday morning that Jonny Williams is set to return to his squad at the weekend.
The Welshman – who after joining the Addicks in January has quickly made himself a fans’ favourite – has missed the last few weeks through injury.
But, when asked by the local media on Thursday, the boss revealed that he was now back fit and ready to be involved, while he also had some encouraging news regarding Jake Forster-Caskey.
“Jonny Williams has trained this week and he looks good,” the Manager said. “He’ll be back in the squad on Saturday and Jake Forster-Caskey has started training with us this week.
“Obviously, Jake won’t be involved in the squad for a while yet but we are hoping that it might move on a bit next week. That’s a plus for him and a plus for us.
“It’s going to be touch and go [whether Jake plays this season] and I have spoken to him about this already. I’d love to have Jake in the squad for selection before the end of the season because he is a good player and I really think highly of him.
“He’s been out for a long time – since pre-season – and it all just depends on how he goes himself. He’s worked so hard to get to where he is, hopefully he does play this season but we can’t put a timeframe on it.
“If he is ready and sharp and doing better than the other lads then he will be involved.”
The Addicks will be without Krystian Bielik against The Bantams, however, after he picked up an injury while away with Poland U21s.
“Krystian has come back with a bad ankle,” Bowyer admitted. “It’s not too bad, he’ll miss this week but we are hopeful he will be back for Plymouth.
“It’s disappointing, we can’t control it, but that’s what happens and we just have to get on with it. We have good players who can come in and replace him and it is just something that we cannot control, unfortunately.”