Curbs confident on Young hopes

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Charlton manager Alan Curbishley believes Luke Young will return before the end of the season in order to stake his claim for a place in England's World Cup squad.

Curbishley, a potential successor to England chief Sven Goran Eriksson, believes Young's ankle injury is not as serious as was initially feared.

The 26-year-old limped out of his side's goalless draw with West Ham at the beginning of this month and appeared at Saturday's match with Everton wearing a cast on his lower leg.

"That (the cast) is just for safety," the Addicks manager insisted.

"We think we know what he has done. The last time he had a similar injury, he was out for five or six weeks.

"But we felt we did not treat it properly, so we do not think this time it will be too long."

Curbishley believes he could call on Young again in just three weeks' time and the return would be a major boost to the player's international claims.

"We think it may be about three weeks," added Curbishley.

"He may just about be back for the end of the season, which I would love him to be.

"I think he needs to be back to force the issue in the England squad.

"So we hope it will be only three to four weeks, but it is a disappointment for him."