Jake Forster-Caskey is targeting his return for Charlton before the end of the season, although that could hinge on whether his teammates have secured a coveted play-off space come the end of the regulation campaign.
The 5 ft 10 midfielder hasn’t featured all term having sustained a nasty injury less than a week before the Addicks kicked off against Sunderland in the league but is hoping that he could play a part right at the end.
It has been a gruelling period for the number eight, who is now just weeks away from returning to full training having had surgery in September and nearly completed his off-field rehabilitation.
Thanks to his side’s league position, their campaign could extend beyond mid-May due to the play-offs, thus presenting the 24-year-old with an opportunity to get out on the Wembley Stadium pitch. He had this to say to London News Online:
“In a bit of a selfish way it has almost worked out as a benefit to me.
“Hopefully I can have some sort of impact due to the season being slightly longer.
“We’re still hoping other teams slip up and maybe we can sneak a top two, but realistically we’re probably looking at the play-offs now.
“I don’t know how long it will take me to get up to speed. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.
“I want to help the boys win promotion. I said that when I first came to the club. It’s still the aim – whether I play one minute or more.”
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If Forster-Caskey is targeting a return in late May, then it’s up to his teammates to continue their excellent form of recent weeks – the Addicks are unbeaten in their last seven – and cement a place in the top-six, which would see them vie for promotion via play-offs.
It was expected that the former England Under-21 international wouldn’t make an appearance for the first team until next season but, if Lee Bowyer and his squad can glide through their remaining games, then he could feature at Wembley Stadium, against all odds.