Trio want Addicks return
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Charlton Athletic trio Jay Bothroyd, Dean Kiely and Darren Ambrose are all hoping to play against Fulham on Monday, live on Sky Sports 1.
The troika have barely featured for The Addicks this season due to a combination of injury and lack of fitness.
But they are now pressing for a recall to Alan Curbishley's squad for next Monday's London derby against Fulham.
Bothroyd, who has made just two appearances since joining the club on the eve of the transfer deadline, has been trying to rediscover his match fitness.
He proved his well-being with a hat-trick in Tuesday's friendly against Exeter City and is now ready to challenge Darren Bent for a striking role.
"Benty's doing really well," Bothroyd told Sky Sports News. "He has scored a lot of goals and is in the England setup now.
"He is doing really well but there is tough competition for the squad. If he sees me doing well he's going to better his performances as well so it's good for the team and good for the squad."
Veteran goalkeeper Kiely has not played this season due to a broken finger but is hoping to oust Stephan Andersen from the team to face Fulham.
Kiely commented: "I've been laid up with a bit of an injury. Curbs was looking for me to play a couple of games to get back into it.
"I've done that so I'm pleased to be back in the frame really."
Ambrose has made just one appearance for Charlton since being sent off on his debut at Sunderland and he has been hampered by a groin injury.
The former Newcastle midfielder accepts he has a fight on his hands to dislodge the in-form Jerome Thomas from the starting line-up.
"I'm happy to play anywhere - in the middle or on the right," said Ambrose.
"The manager knows that and it's up to him but Jerome's been doing very well in the past few weeks."