Thomas sees rising Addicks
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton winger Jerome Thomas hopes to help The Addicks move up the table.
Charlton Athletic winger Jerome Thomas hopes his return from a broken foot can help The Addicks move up the table.
The Arsenal trainee has missed most of the early part of the season after breaking a metatarsal in pre-season.
The 23-year-old has since overcome that injury and a hip problem to be available when Iain Dowie's side host Manchester City at The Valley this weekend.
"There is plenty more to come from me and I feel this could be my best season, even though I missed the first few games," said Thomas.
"I am still improving. I know when I am 100 percent and playing my best football, I am good enough to be in the side and that is all any football player can concern himself with."
Despite Charlton still being rooted to the foot of the Premiership table, Thomas believes his side will soon be upwardly mobile.
"It is a very long season and the table is still very tight," he added. "I am not worried by it and I think by Christmas, we will be well out of the relegation zone and going down will not be an option.
"We have too much quality to keep losing games and it will turn around."
Dowie, meanwhile, is hoping to have Djimi Traore back in action after the former Liverpool man was sidelined with a hairline fracture in his left leg.
"Hermann Hreidarsson's doing fantastic for us, but he is not a natural left back and has been hanging in there for us," Dowie said.
"Djimi will give us a bit of balance, and that will make the difference to us."