Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill says that his side ought to be boosted by the return of midfielder Ronan Darcy when they face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, although the Trotters face being without a number of defensive options for the trip to Kingsmeadow.
Darcy – who has made 20 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring twice – has missed Wanderers’ last seven games with a foot injury, although it seems that spell on the sidelines could soon be coming to an end.
Providing an update on Darcy, Hill told the Bolton News: “Ronan brings a smile to my face – it’s good to see him back on the training pitch and enjoying himself. He’s a ball of energy.
“We’re pleased he’s back in training with the group of players and hopefully he will be in contention for first-team squad in the near future.”
There are however more concerning matters for Bolton in defence, where Jack Hobbs, Yoan Zouma and Sheffield United loanee Kean Bryan have all emerged as injury concerns following Wanderers’ goalless draw with Accrington Stanley last time out.
Discussing the situation surrounding the trio, Hill revealed: “Jack (Hobbs) has had a scan and we think he will be out for at least 10 days. We’re hopeful he will be back for the Peterborough game. You can’t rush those situations.
“Two others from the weekend are potentially Yoan Zouma and Kean Bryan. There’s some fluid on Kean’s knee, which is a concern, so he has gone for an MRI scan so we can get a clearer indication. Yoan has had a tight hamstring since the second half against Accrington.”
Elsewhere Hill confirmed that winger Anthony Georgiou has finally started training with the Bolton squad following his loan move from Tottenham in the January transfer window, with the Trotters boss adding: “It’s early days again for Anthony.
“He has been given the green light from Tottenham and we’re thankful with the patience they have shown. But he has come in again and integrated well with the squad.”
This is certainly a mixed bag of injury news for Bolton here.
Darcy has been impressive when he has featured for Wanderers this season, so ought to give them a welcome lift and useful attacking impetus when he returns to the side, as should Georgiou when he is finally able to get his chance.
Defensively however, Bolton are once again looking rather threadbare, and you feel that is something Wimbledon will be desperate to capitalise on on Saturday afternoon, especially with the experience they will be lacking as a result of Hobbs’ absence.
Injuries have certainly been a running problem for Bolton this season, and you wonder how different things might have been for the Trotters in their battle against relegation, had fitness not emerged as such an issue.