Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has been speaking about Sam Field’s situation, as reported by London News Online.
It is expected that the midfielder, who has been on loan from West Bromwich Albion, will not be turning out in a red shirt anytime in the rest of the season.
When asked whether the 21-year-old’s campaign is over, Bowyer replied: “Yeah, I do. Sam has gone back to West Brom – his knee is not looking good. That’s why we brought in a sixth loan because we knew it was touch and go.”
This will be a source of severe frustration for the West Brom man, who has only managed five starts and four substitute appearances in the Championship, recording one assist during that time.
There were also encouraging signs on what could have been offered when he was on the pitch, as he averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.2 clearances and 0.4 blocks per game, while maintaining a pass success rate of 82.8%.
To make this injury news even more frustrating, Field actually made it onto the bench against Barnsley and Stoke City, before suffering from another setback.
All of the above indicates that this will be highly frustrating for the Addicks, as he is an option that could have been useful, but things would have been worse if they were unprepared for this eventuality.
As mentioned by Bowyer, they did not allow this to happen due to their deadline day business, in which they brought in three loanees, having previously signed Andre Green at the beginning of the window on a temporary basis.
David Davis is arguably the most direct replacement for the 21-year-old, and also the most prevalent of the loanees, having started three Championship games already.
In those games, the 29-year-old has averaged 2.7 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 1 clearance, while making four fouls per game and having a pass success rate of just 75%.
This indicates that while he is perhaps not as clean as Field in the way he goes about his business, Davis can help to ensure his absence is not missed as much as it could have been.