Charlton boss Lee Bowyer explains injury concerns for Karlan Grant and Jamie Ward

Lee Bowyer revealed why he was forced to start joint-top scorer Karlan Grant on the bench for the draw at Luton Town.

The 21-year-old striker had built a formidable partnership with Lyle Taylor – with each scoring five goals so far this campaign.

But he was only a substitute at Kenilworth Road, coming on with fourteen minutes left to play as the Addicks rescued a point deep into injury-time thanks to Chris Solly’s strike.

“He got a kick in the last game and had a bit of a dead leg,” explained Bowyer.

“We’ve got another game on Tuesday and didn’t really want to risk him. He might get fatigued after 70-80 minutes and pull something. Now he’s got an extra 48-72 hours rest before the next game. It would have been silly of me to start Karlan. When you’ve got Igor there ready to go, that’s a good thing.

“Igor did very well as well. First start for Igor. His work rate, him and Lyle up top, was exceptional. They were both putting a shift in. That’s what we have. Everybody pushing and fighting for positions. They all know that. Igor got his chance today and took it well.”

Tariqe Fosu fires Charlton ahead from the penalty spot at Luton Town. Photo: Kyle Andrews

Nottingham Forest loanee Jamie Ward was missing from the matchday squad completely, having started the last two for the South Londoners.

“He took a knock in training” said Bowyer of the midfielder.

“He’s one that we’d rather not take the gamble with. We’ve got the luxury of having Tariqe (Fosu) back now. So instead of losing him for four-five weeks, we’re better just to take care of him and make sure that he doesn’t break down by starting a game. So, we left him at home.

“I’m not sure [if he will feature at Scunthorpe on Tuesday night]. It’s not too serious but it’s just a case of whether we’re going to risk it. Sometimes, with some players you’ve got to look at the bigger picture. It’s a long season. There’s no point trying to take unnecessary risks.

“[Fosu is] very good in possession. He’s unplayable at times. I’m pleased to get him back playing. I left him on longer than I should have done but it’s difficult. He looked quite sharp to me, taking into account how many minutes he’s played this season. He’s looked good, so that’s why I thought I’ll leave him on a bit longer.”

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