Bowyer looks forward to clash with former boss Robinson

Lee Bowyer is looking forward to going up against former Addicks boss Karl Robinson as his side head to Oxford United on Saturday.

Bowyer worked under Robinson as his assistant during the Oxford manager's time at The Valley, before taking the reins following Robinson's departure in March 2018, leading Charlton to promotion via the play-offs 14 months later.

And speaking during his pre-match press conference on Thursday morning, Bowyer is predicting an entertaining encounter against the U's.

"Oxford have a good side, you can’t get away from that," he said.

"I said at the start of the season they would be in and around the play-offs. Last season they got to the final.

"Since Karl left here, he’s built a good squad. It takes time to build a side and he’s put a good side together. They have players that move the ball well and that can hurt you.”

"But if we do the basics right, we are a good side. We showed that on Tuesday and on a lot of occasions this season. I’m expecting a good game, it will be a good match. I don’t think there will be much in it.”

"There’s still loads to play for," added Bowyer.

"There are a lot of games to play and a lot of points to play for. We’ll see where we are at the end of the season. That’s where you get judged.”

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Meanwhile, the Addicks boss provided an injury update ahead of the trip to the Kassam Stadium after Chuks Aneke was forced off with a hamstring complaint in midweek.

"Chuks is fine," Bowyer explained.

"He has a bit of tightness, but he’s OK. Jake Forster-Caskey is also fine. Nothing to worry about for this weekend. Alex Gilbey will hopefully be back training next week.

"Ryan Inniss will be training with the group next week. His last scan was all clear, he’s been outside for a while and he’ll be back training with us as possible.”

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