Andrew Tutte will miss the next three to four months with him now requiring surgery on a hamstring injury sustained in a reserve team game.
The 30-year-old has been an unused substitute twice in League One this season but will have to wait until 2022 to play any further part in Bolton Wanderers’ campaign, Ian Evatt told The Bolton News.
He said: “He has got quite a bad one.
“It is actually a grade four hamstring tear, which basically means that the tendon in the hamstring has come off the bone.
“As a result, it looks like it is going to be surgery. And he will be three to four months out.”
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The Trotters received a reality check on Saturday, going down 2-0 at home to Rotherham United, with Paul Warne’s men demonstrating their promotion credentials against the fast starting Wanderers.
Fortunately Bolton have good depth in central midfield, evident in the fact that Tutte has not played a minute in League One this term, therefore they should be able to cope with the loss from the squad in the coming weeks.
With trips to Sunderland and Charlton Athletic on the horizon, Evatt will be wary of rotating his squad to ensure they come out of the next stretch without picking up further injuries.
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It has been an excellent start to the season at The UniBol but if they were to lose a key player like Eoin Doyle, Josh Sheehan or Oladapo Afolayan they may find it significantly tougher to backup the promise they have shown.
Tutte, 30, was a decent squad player last season, typically occupying a defensive midfield role and he could have been utilised in the upcoming run, where they play Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic also in their next five league outings.
Still buoyant from the start they have made, the injury and Saturday’s defeat should not hamper Wanderers too much in pushing on this week.