Charlton Athletic confirm Nicky Ajose return

By Richard Cawley

Nicky Ajose is back available for Charlton Athletic after his loan at Bury was ended.

The Addicks were weighing up whether to try and loan out the former Manchester United man again after his stay with the Shakers saw him struggle to gain game time.

But now the South London club have confirmed that Ajose has returned to SE7.

Charlton manager Karl Robinson told the club’s website: “He knocked on my door this week and said ‘gaffer, I really want to stay. I want to fight for my place’. All the things I asked him to do in the summer, and sometimes it takes a step backwards to really open up your eyes, he’s certainly done and I respect what he said to me.

“He’s a goalscorer. He’ll come back, he’ll fit in and when we need him he’ll play. He was quite happy with what I felt was the situation with him.

“The way he’s conducted himself has been impeccable in the last two weeks, so it’s something that we decided to do. It gives us more numbers, he’s got a slight groin strain but he’ll be back Monday training and once he is back it’s another body that we can rely upon.”

Ajose added: “I’m delighted to be back. It’s been a tough four months away. I’ve managed to come back and I’m looking forward to helping the rest of the squad to push to the end of the season.

“I’ve come back at a good time. A lot of quality has been added since the start of the season. I’m really looking forward to what’s possible over the next four months.”

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