'Huge loss': Charlton fans upset as West Ham's Josh Cullen suffers blow

A general view outside of the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

Josh Cullen moved from Premier League West Ham United to League One Charlton Athletic on loan and really impressed under Lee Bowyer.

West Ham United's English-born Irish midfielder Josh Cullen (R) runs with the ball challenged by Juventus' Brazilian defender Dani Alves (L) during the pre-season friendly football match...

You have to feel for Josh Cullen.

The West Ham United midfielder was really making an impression during a loan spell at London neighbours Charlton Athletic, establishing himself as a fan favourite at The Valley. But his promising season has been cut short thanks to an injury that Addicks boss Lee Bowyer described as ‘unreal’.

Cullen hit the turf in Charlton’s 2-0 away win at Walsall on Tuesday, and it has now been confirmed that he has suffered a dislocated shoulder, which could keep him on the sidelines for four months.

The reaction from distraught Charlton supporters highlights just how impressive Cullen has been in League One.

Marcel Hartel of Germany U21 runs with the ball under pressure from Josh Cullen of Ireland U21 during the 2019 UEFA Under21 European Championship Qualifier match between Germany and...

What this means for Cullen’s future remains to be seen. It is no secret that Charlton would love to sign the dynamic midfielder on a permanent basis, although Bowyer admitted recently to London News Online that his wage demands could be a potential stumbling block.

Cullen himself, however, told the Standard in October that he would love to return to West Ham at the end of this season and force his way into Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team plans.

Josh Cullen of West Ham United applauds the fans after The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and West Ham United at Montgomery Waters Meadow on January 7, 2018 in...

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