TEAM NEWS | Pratley returns to the starting lineup for Middlesbrough game

Darren Pratley returns to the team for today’s game against Middlesbrough.

The influential midfielder has been out with a back injury and last played at the start of February.

Ben Purrington and Jonny Williams also return to the starting lineup with Alfie Doughty and Aiden McGeady moved to the bench and Erhun Oztumer not included in the matchday squad.

It means the Addicks may line up in a 3-5-2 formation or in a 4-diamond-2.

If it is a 3-5-2 then Deji Oshilaja, Pratley and Jason Pearce would make up the back three. Adam Matthews and Ben Purrington would operate as wing backs with Josh Cullen and George Lapslie playing behind Jonny Williams. Lyle Taylor and Andre Green will likely start as the front two in either formation with Dillon Phillips starting in goal.

If playing a 4-diamond-2 then Matthews, Oshilaja, Pearce and Purrington would be the back four with Pratley holding in midfield and Cullen and Lapslie either side of the diamond and Williams behind Taylor and Green.

Ben Amos, Macauley Bonne, Matt Smith, Tomer Hemed and David Davis join Doughty and McGeady on the bench.

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