Powerful attacker is hoping to prove his fitness against the Addicks.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has specifically arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly on Thursday in order to ascertain whether front man Carlton Cole is fit enough to be able to return to Upton Park this season, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The former England international left the Hammers at the end of the previous campaign after his contract with the east London club had run out, with Cole and his employers failing to reach agreement over terms on a new deal to keep the striker in the capital.
However, after Cole was then unable to find himself a new team for this season, despite interest in his services from Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers, the 29-year-old then returned to West Ham in search of a short-term deal for this campaign.
And with Allardyce in desperate need of a new forward to lead the line in the absence of injured England international Andy Carroll, who has so far been unable to feature at all for the club this season due to a long-term heel injury, Cole has now been handed a lifeline with the Hammers.
But the Englishman will first have to prove his fitness against Charlton Athletic in order to win that deal.