Josh Cullen has suffered an injury blow with Charlton manager Lee Bowyer outlining that the Irish international damaged ligaments in his ankle.
Cullen was stretchered off the field during Charlton’s 2-2 draw against Cardiff City at The Valley over the weekend, suffering what appeared to be a serious injury.
The 23-year-old, who has started every league game for The Addicks in their return to the Championship, subsequently missed their loss to Luton on Tuesday night as a result.
In quotes reported by South London Press, Bowyer outlined that the prognosis for Cullen was “not good” and that the midfielder would be out until after Christmas.
“Josh is going to be out a while, a fair while,” admitted Bowyer.
“Longer than Lyle (Taylor), not the season, but he won’t be back before Christmas. He’s done his ligament, a few of them. It’s not good.”
The news comes as a massive blow for Charlton with Cullen a key man in their midfield and another setback for Bowyer’s side who despite starting the season excellently, are without a win in their last six league games.
Ireland manager Mick McCarthy will be hoping that Cullen’s injury will have healed by the time the Euro 2020 playoff game against Slovakia comes around in March.
Cullen has been involved in every Irish squad under McCarthy starting both friendly victories over Bulgaria and New Zealand but is still yet to feature in a competitive game for the Boys in Green.
Speaking to Pundit Arena following his debut in September, Cullen outlined that despite still being behind the experienced Glenn Whelan in the pecking order, he feels he can deliver a performance in a crucial game should he be called upon.
“Yeah, Whelo (Glenn Whelan) has done brilliant to play as many games as he has for the team and the country is fantastic and he’s been brilliant in this campaign so far.
“It’s been great to be around him and to learn from him and watch him and see in training how he goes about his stuff. I’m fully supportive of all the lads they’ve been fantastic but if I do get called upon I’m confident I can deliver a performance.”