Charlton’s on-loan West Ham midfielder Josh Cullen facing months on the sideline – as he needs shoulder surgery

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

On-loan Charlton Athletic midfielder Josh Cullen needs shoulder surgery and could be missing for up to four months.

The West Ham youngster dislocated his shoulder in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Walsall. And Igor Vetokele suffered the same issue and also had to be replaced at Banks’s Stadium.

And the initial prognosis looks as if their pair will both be sidelined for a significant period.

“Josh needs an operation, so he’s going to be maybe three or four months from what I hear,” said Bowyer.

“Igor we won’t know much until Friday because he hasn’t had his MRI scan yet. I’m guessing he is going to be similar because he had to go to hospital [after his dislocation].

“Josh has done something to his bicep as well, The physio went a bit technical with me. He will be seeing a specialist in the next couple of days to go through stuff.

“The specialist might turn around and say it is only two months but the estimate at the moment is between three or four.”

Anfernee Dijksteel could have recovered from his hamstring injury to be fit for Sunday’s FA Cup tie at Mansfield Town. But Ben Reeves, also sidelined with the same issue, is expected to be out for three weeks.

Billy Clarke could make his return to the first-team fold in the first round contest.

“It was always in his schedule to play some part in that,” said Bowyer. “It is a chance for the lads who ain’t played as much to play.”

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