Karl Robinson names Charlton side to face Fulham u21s – with the rest of the squad jetting off

Charlton Athletic manager Karl Robinson celebrates as the final whistle is blown

Karl Robinson has revealed the side he’s going to put out against Fulham U21s in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday – and that he has sent the rest of the squad on a mini-break in the sun.

The Addicks are set to face the Cottagers’ youngsters on Wednesday evening at The Valley – and Robinson is going to make eleven changes to the team that started the 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.

“It will be a different type of game,” admitted the Charlton boss.

“Less intense, but equally it will give minutes to [Ben] Reeves who looked off it, [Mark] Marshall who looked off it. Minutes to Karlan [Ahearne-Grant] and to Joe Dodoo upfront, see what he can do. [Johnnie] Jackson and Joe Aribo. I’m not sure on [Lewis] Page but it will be Joe Cummings with [Aaron] Barnes, [Anfernee] Dijksteel and Dillon Phillips in goal so it’s still a very strong team. They’ve got to make sure they’re ready for another competitive game in four days.”

Robinson also divulged that he’s sent the rest of his Addicks squad off for some rest and relaxation time before they return for next Sunday’s FA Cup first round tie with National League South side Truro City.

“I’ve given the players four days off,” he explained.

“They should be going abroad tonight to get some sun. The most important thing for recovery at this time is vitamin D, rest and recovery. I’ve given them a break to get some sun, a mini-break and they’ll come back Wednesday evening, we’ll train Thursday, Friday  and Saturday and play Sunday. The game being pushed back a day has helped that.

“The players should be off now and getting their rest, seeing their kids and their families, then coming back refreshed. We’ve stumbled over the last few games and looked a little bit fatigued.