Thatcher set to start

Defender Ben Thatcher is set to make his Charlton debut against Middlesbrough in the Barclays Premiership tomorrow.

Defender Ben Thatcher is set to make his Charlton debut against Middlesbrough in the Barclays Premiership tomorrow.

On-loan goalkeeper Scott Carson returns after not being granted permission to play in last weekend’s FA Cup tie.

Osei Sankofa is still suspended, but defender Hermann Hreidarsson (knee) and midfielder Andy Reid (hamstring) are expected to feature.

Captain Luke Young (knee) and striker Darren Bent (knee) will need a couple more weeks, while new signing Zheng Zhi is to be given time to settle following his move from China.

Team (from): Carson, Hreidarsson, El Karkouri, Fortune, Thatcher, Rommedahl, Faye, Holland, Ambrose, M Bent, Hasselbaink, Myhre, Kishishev, Reid, Hughes, Thomas, Diawara, Sam.

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