Charlton Athletic boss Michael Appleton has said Charlie Kirk will be ‘involved’ this evening.
Charlton Athletic have a break from League One action and have a Papa John’s Trophy game at The Valley. They host Aston Villa Under-21s.
Kirk, 25, has made five appearances in all competitions so far this season, three of which have come in the league. He is poised to play a part tonight.
Appleton has said, as per a report by London News Online: “He has trained the last four or five training sessions we’ve had and he’ll be involved tomorrow. You will definitely see him at some point tomorrow.
“I’m aware of Charlie from his time at Crewe, especially. I came up against him many times. It’s down to him and I’m sure we’ll give him the platform and opportunity to try and impress, hopefully he’ll do that.”
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Charlton’s game against Aston Villa’s development side is a chance for some of their fringe players and youngsters to show what they can do. Kirk will feel he has a point to prove.
The Addicks lured him to London from Crewe Alexandra back in 2021 but he hasn’t been able to make an impact yet. His contract expires in the summer of 2025.
Kirk rose up through the ranks of the Railwaymen and broke into their first-team as a youngster. He went on to play 206 games during his time in Cheshire and chipped in with 32 goals.
He has since played 45 times for his current club and has found the net on three occasions. The attacker has also been shipped out on loan to Blackpool and Burton Albion.
Charlton are currently sat in 12th place in the table and are five points off the play-offs. Appleton’s side face Reading at home after the international break.