Pardew waiting for Cook

14 March 2008 07:20
Charlton Athletic manager Alan Pardew is hopeful that loan winger Lee Cook will be in contention for a return to action in the next week to ten days. The 25-year-old Fulham wideman has made just one start and three substitute appearances since linking up with the Addicks and Pardew admits that Cook is some way short of full fitness. He told the club's official website: "Lee has come here to try and play, but his conditioning was quite low when he arrived and we're trying to get him up to speed. "The closer we can get him the more you're going to see of him. He isn't too far away now and we're hoping over the next seven days that he will be in full contention." Meanwhile, Pardew has backed another two of his loan players, Scott Sinclair and Leroy Lita, to start showing their worth in the very near future. He added: "All the loan players are expected to make an immediate impact and I think that is always difficult. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. "Leroy's first couple of games are what I would have expected and I don't think we've created a lot of chances for him in all honesty."

Source: ESA