Pearce out for 8 weeks
Skipper Jason Pearce, who injured a knee in training last week has been ruled out for up to 8 weeks. It is not known whether surgery is required.
Pearce was a rock after lockdown and is highly influential among the players, and is going to be a big loss. Those first two months of the season encompass 10 league games.
Lee Bowyer’s squad is already threadbare, and excluding Tom Lockyer, who is free to leave for no fee, means we have one centre-half in Deji Oshilaja in the squad.
Bowyer has had a few trialists take part in the two pre-season friendlies thus far – ex Addick Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, ex-Burnley left back Ali Koiki, Wealdstone’s striker Dennon Lewis and ex-Brentford right back Josh Clarke.
Adam Matthews is still at the club despite the EFL refusing the Addicks request to offer him a new contract.