Saturday 7 December 2019

'Josh is going to be out a while' - Charlton boss Bowyer reveals serious ankle injury for Irish ace Cullen

Josh Cullen sustained an ankle injury while playing for Charlton last Saturday
Josh Cullen sustained an ankle injury while playing for Charlton last Saturday

Stephen Bennett

Young Irish midfielder Josh Cullen has suffered a serious ankle injury while in action for Charlton Athletic.

The Ireland Under-21 star has been ruled out until after Christmas, after the 20-year-old - who is on loan to Charlton from West Ham - suffered damage to his ankle ligaments during the Championship draw with Cardiff City last Saturday.

Cullen has been a mainstay in Charlton’s team this season and his form earned him an Ireland senior call-up and debut in the friendly win over New Zealand recently.

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has given Cullen the full 90 minutes in every league match since he rejoined on loan from the Hammers, but he was withdrawn early in the second half last Saturday.

Charlton knew Cullen would be out of Tuesday night’s match against Luton Town, which ended in defeat. Cullen went for a scan on Tuesday and Bowyer revealed the results in his interview.

Bowyer said: "Josh is going to be out a while, a fair while. Longer than Lyle, not the season, but he won’t be back before Christmas. He’s done his ligament, a few of them. It’s not good.”

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