SHOCKING: Charlton Athletic boss Nathan Jones issues heartbreaking verdict ahead of Derby County encounter

Nathan Jones, Charlton Athletic’s manager, is upset that one of his players is missing tonight’s match against Derby County.

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Nathan Jones, Charlton Athletic’s manager, is upset that one of his players is missing tonight’s match against Derby County.

The Rams are still in a solid position to gain promotion back to the Championship, but their setback has dropped them seven points behind leaders Portsmouth, while Bolton Wanderers may catch them if they win their game in hand.

Paul Warne was without top scorer James Collins for the second game in a row, and while he will be away for a’significant’ stretch of time, the Derby County manager has other players who can step up.

Despite Nathaniel Mendez-Laing starting as a central striker against Barnsley, Warne has hinted that Dwight Gayle, who impressed on the bench, could make his complete debut.

Similarly, striker Martyn Waghorn, who has been sidelined since December due to a calf injury, is expected to return tonight.

While this is a significant boost to Derby’s attacking threat, their opponents have been hampered defensively after centre-back Lloyd Jones was suspended on Saturday for his 10th yellow card of the season.

Nathan Jones is’sad’ that Lloyd Jones is unavailable to face Derby County

Speaking ahead of the game, the Charlton Athletic boss expressed disappointment that Jones is unavailable, but believes it has created an opportunity for someone else to impress.

“It gives someone else a chance,” Jones explained. “That is what we have required of individuals. We have six centre-halves here. We have Michael Hector returning, Lucas Nessy, and Macaulay Gillesphey, who came on and played on Saturday. There is a cover.

“It’s unfortunate because Lloyd had been in fantastic form. He’s been active and has done an excellent job defending, but now someone else has a chance.”

Jones, a former England under-20 international, has appeared in all but two games for Charlton this season, demonstrating his value to the team.

The 28-year-old has dominated defensively, recovering 5 balls per game, making 4.3 clearances, and winning 68% of his total duels.

His likely successor is Macaulay Gillesphey, who joined on loan from Plymouth Argyle in January and has been substituted at half-time in two of his four starts.

Given Jones’ importance to the team, his absence for this encounter will inspire Mendez-Laing and Gayle to step forward as Derby look to regain their scoring touch.

However, Charlton have grabbed points from Bolton and Portsmouth in their last two games, so the Rams will want to avoid becoming the third promotion-chasing scalp they’ve taken.

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