Lee Bowyer provides fitness updates after Igor Vetokele and Ben Purrington sit out Charlton defeat at Oxford

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has provided an update on the fitness of Igor Vetokele, after the forward had to sit out Good Friday’s defeat at Oxford United.

Ben Purrington was also absent during the 2-1 defeat against former Addicks manager Karl Robinson’s U’s at the Kassam Stadium after coming down with a bug on the morning of the game – and Bowyer also said he may be forced to call upon Lewis Page if the Rotherham loanee doesn’t recover in time to face Scunthorpe at The Valley on Easter Monday.

Angolan forward Vetokele had been bang in-form recently but was unable to take part at Oxford.

“Igor, it’s just a big risk,” explained Addicks chief Bowyer.

“He tweaked his hamstring less than a week ago and it would have been stupid to throw him in there because he could pull it badly and be out for a long time. I don’t know if he’ll be ready for Monday. We were hoping he’d be ready for today but it’s just not right at the moment. [Vetokele returning on Monday is] going to be tight.”

“Ben, probably, we hope,” added Bowyer.

“He just woke up this morning with a sickness bug so he obviously couldn’t play. We sent him home and hope he’ll recover in time for Monday. I think Ben will be fine by then, it’s a sickness bug so I’m hoping it’s a 24-48 hour one. But if not, then Pagey will definitely – we’ve got no choice otherwise. (Chris) Solly is suspended and is Ben isn’t well, I’ve only got Anfernee left. So, we’ll look to bring him in.”

Charlton Athletic’s Chris Solly is given a red card

Purrington’s replacement in the left-back berth Solly was dismissed with fifteen minutes to go at the Kassam Stadium. The Addicks stalwart had seen handball appeals waved away as his shot was charged down in the area, and then went into a challenge on Jamie Mackie that drew a straight red card from referee Darren Drysdale.

Bowyer is yet to decide if he will appeal the decision, which was Solly’s second red card of the season.

“We’ll have a look at it,” he explained.

“I’ve not seen it, only live. Very rarely do they go against what their first decision is. So, we’ll have to see.

“I was appealing for handball. I don’t know if it hit the lad’s arm, it looked like it for me. But then Chris’ natural reaction is to try and win the ball back. I don’t think it was a red card, it think it was a yellow. I’m sure some bad tackles on our lads today were on par with the tackle that he made. But it is what it is. That’s what refs do, they try and even it up when they’ve sent someone off.”

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