Southend United vs Charlton Athletic team news: Josh Cullen, Jason Pearce and Nicky Ajose all handed starts

BY LOUIS MENDEZ

West Ham United loanee Josh Cullen comes straight into the Charlton team as Lee Bowyer makes three changes for today’s clash with Southend United.

Midfielder Cullen makes his Addicks debut after signing on a season-long loan from the Hammers on Thursday, with captain Jason Pearce and striker Nicky Ajose also coming in to start against former Charlton manager Chris Powell’s Shrimpers.

Joe Aribo sits out after suffering a hip injury which is not believed to be too serious. Cullen will slot straight into the midfield.

Naby Sarr drops out of the defence to the bench to accommodate Jason Pearce as he returns from an injury suffered during the opening-day defeat at Sunderland.

Mark Marshall missies out completely, with Nicky Ajose coming in for his first league start of the campaign – he may play up top with Lyle Taylor or behind if Grant remains in the front two rather than dropping back.

Tarqie Fosu features on the bench for the first time this season after a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury in pre-season.

Charlton: Phillips, Solly, Bauer, Bielik, Pearce, Page, Pratley, Cullen, Grant, Ajose, Taylor. Subs: Steer, Dijksteel, Sarr, Lapslie, Fosu, Vetokele, Hackett-Fairchild.

Photo: Charlton Athletic FC

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