Middlesbrough v Charlton Athletic team news: Joe Ledley comes straight into start as Lyle Taylor makes long-awaited return on the bench


Joe Ledley goes straight into Charlton’s starting line-up for today’s trip to Middlesbrough – with Lyle Taylor making his long-awaited return from injury as he features on the bench.

32-year-old midfielder Ledley joined the club on a short-term deal yesterday and is one of four changes at the Riverside as Lee Bowyer goes in search of a first win in eight league games.

Conor Gallagher returns from suspension, replacing Erhun Oztumer who suffered an injury during last week’s home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday. Albie Morgan drops to the bench as he makes way for debutant Ledley.

Ben Purrington recovers from illness to come into the back-line, with Jason Pearce also returning as Naby Sarr drops to the bench and Tom Lockyer serves a one-match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards. Deji Oshilaja is expected to operate as a centre-half alongside Pearce.

Talisman Taylor is in the squad for the first time since injuring his knee on international duty back in early September, but the game has come too soon for Chuks Aneke.

Charlton: Phillips, Matthews, Pearce, Oshilaja, Purrington, Ledley, Pratley, Doughty, Gallagher, Leko, Bonne. Subs: Maynard-Brewer, Taylor, Morgan, Solly, Sarr, Davison, Vennings.


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