Bolton Wanderers have been hit with a frustrating injury blow, with a key duo ruled out for the foreseeable future.
The Bolton News have revealed that both Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley are set for a spell in the treatment room, which will be hugely frustrating for the club’s supporters.
Bridcutt signed on loan from Nottingham Forest earlier this season, and has looked a class apart for Keith Hill’s side, and would have been keen to showcase his talent as the season progressed.
But the 30-year-old was substituted early on into their goalless draw against Blackpool, and Hill revealed that the midfielder fractured his collarbone.
It remains to be seen as to when he will return to the first-team picture, but it looks as though he’ll be out for at least six weeks.
Will Buckley was another summer addition to the Bolton squad that is set to be ruled out for a lengthy period of time, with the former Brighton man dislocating his kneecap in the buildup to the game against the Tangerines.
The draw with Blackpool means that Bolton are edging closer to coming out of minus points, although they face a tough ask if they’re to survive in League One this term.
Bolton are next in action against Burton Albion on Saturday, where Hill will be forced into changes after this irritating injury update.
This is a huge blow for Keith Hill’s side.
Bridcutt in particular has looked as though he could be a key player for the Trotters as they look to pull off an unlikely survival in League One this season.
But without him, Bolton will lack leadership on the pitch, and the club will surely be hoping that he can return to the starting XI as soon as possible.
They’re going to have to rely on the club’s youngsters once again it seems.