It’s safe to say that it’s been a far from ideal start to the season for Bolton Wanderers, both on and off the pitch.
But the Trotters are starting to see light at the end of the dark tunnel, with Keith Hill’s side just seven points adrift of Southend in the League One table.
There recent upturn in form has been even more impressive given that the Bolton boss has had to deal with a number of injury problems since taking charge of the club earlier this season.
The likes of Liam Bridcutt, Ali Crawford, Harry Brockbank and Jack Hobbs are just some of the names that aren’t close to returning from injury.
But in an interview with The Bolton News’ Marc Iles, Hill revealed that he hasn’t got any further injury worries heading into their FA Cup game against Plymouth Argyle this weekend.
Keith Hill says 'touch wood' there are no further injury problems for Wanderers before their FA Cup game against Plymouth. Will have a similar squad to work with but says focus will be "very much on getting into the next round". #bwfc
— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) November 7, 2019
The FA Cup is a welcome distraction from their league campaign, but given the lack of strength in depth in this Bolton squad, Hill might be feeling as though it’s far from ideal to have another game to get through.
Who will come out on top this weekend?
It remains to be seen as to what sort of team Hill is likely to field, but he could be tempted to give some of the club’s young players a chance to impress in this one as he looks to keep his key players fit for their survival bid in League One this season.
This will be a rare positive for Keith Hill heading into the weekend.
He’s had no luck with injuries to key players so far this season, and will be hoping that his side can somehow scrape a positive result together against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup this weekend.
I think they’ll have enough about them to win this one, but Hill will be heavily reliant on the likes fo Daryl Murphy to continue his recent upturn in form.