Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that Tony Watt will be returning to Charlton Athletic after a groin injury has occurred, ruling the Scottish international out for the rest of the season.
The injury to Watt occurred within the first five minutes against Preston North End at Ewood Park last Saturday, which has brought the Scotsmen’s loan period to an unexpected close.
The Rovers medical team conducted scans and found that Watt had picked up a groin injury which has been confirmed as preventing him from playing for the rest of the season.
Manager Paul Lambert has the following comments on the situation:
“Tony is on his way back to Charlton, this is his season over. He’s gone to see the doctors down in London, it is going to be a few months.”
Lambert then continued to thank Tony Watt for his service to the Rovers, and states his regret for him having to leave when the Rovers need him:
“He was excellent for us on and off the pitch, a good guy, talented player and obviously we’ve lost him when we’ve needed him around.”
However, Addicks’ fans have taken to Twitter to resent the Scotsmen’s return to the club, and have stated their unhappiness of him returning.
@Dan_Finchy: @CAFCofficial isn’t there a big club to sort him out.
@jbennett1997: @CAFCofficial What a TWatt.
@paulthecab: @CAFCofficial unbelievable.
@That_Merc: agreed why are we wasting out money on someone who couldn’t care less for us?
These are the more tame reactions to this recent news, to say the least.
The break down between Tony Watt and the Addicks’ fans begun when he moved to play-off hopefuls, Cardiff City, and had excellent form with the Bluebirds, only being forced to return after his short loan period ended.
The Bluebirds wanted to buy the Scot from the Addicks back in January, but they were trapped in a financial embargo, which caused the Bluebirds a lack of flexibility to secure him through actual purchase, and the Addicks rejected their extension of a loan proposal.
When he returned to the Valley, it was noticeable that he was not happy at the club, and fans believed Watt’s reason for this is because he thought he could not satisfy his ambitions and career goals at Charlton, and as a result was showing a lack of commitment.
There was even speculation that the Scot was becoming hard and difficult to work with as a fellow player, and not long after, Tony Watt made the move to Ewood Park with the approval of current Charlton Head Coach, Jose Riga.
Rover Fans – Are you going to miss Tony Watt’s striking abilities?
Charlton Fans – What’s your opinion on the Scot returning to the Valley for treatment?