Father-to-be George Lapslie spoke of his relief in finally making his return to Charlton action after his injury hell.

The 22-year-old took to the field against Luton in the 55th minute at The Valley after three months out with a hamstring injury.

Winning the penalty that Lyle Taylor converted for his second of the day, and scoring a late goal himself, his return couldn’t have been scripted any better.

If you didn’t realise from his celebration, the Academy product confirmed his partner was 21-weeks pregnant with a ‘little Lappo’ on the way.

“Contributing to a win is always nice,” a modest Lapslie said.

“It would’ve been just as nice if we just got the win, the main thing for the squad is we get the three points.”

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Lapslie’s return to Lee Bowyer’s outfit comes after a torrid season that has seen the midfielder make just five appearances, the last at the end of November when he was still hampered by a niggling hamstring injury.

“I didn’t even know I’d be in the squad until late afternoon (on Friday), I came back sooner than I expected,” he admitted.

“I’ve done my hamstring tendon three times in a row, it was a bit of a mess up the first two times, we didn’t know what it was.

“The third image came back clearer and we got to the bottom of it, it’s been about five months grinding in the gym, it’s hard work but for moments like that (scoring) it’s worth it.

“I’ve got to thank the physio that got me over the line, Murph (Danny Murphy), he’s been unreal.

“He’s done so much work with me.”

Lapslie spoke of the difficulty in watching his teamates from the sideline during his rehabilitation and the Addicks' mid-season troubles.

"It makes it a lot worse (watchign from the side) when the team is struggling.

"I'm not saying now I'm back we'll get the points, but hopefully we can come together and get us safe.

"Luton was a huge game, a real six pointer, if we lost to them it would’ve put them within one result from us."

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Lapslie, not known for his goalscoring abiltiy, admitted his strike was a bonus and revealed what Bowyer told him before he was sent on. 

"It had to be close otherwise I would've missed it.

"Bpws says the same as every game, he doesn’t aks me to do aythign I can't do.

"'Go out there, give it 100% and keep it simple.'

"You have to give 100%, if you don’t, you won't play for him."