Bolton Wanderers were hit with a frustrating injury blow in their recent game against Bristol Rovers, with Will Buckley being forced off with a worrying-looking injury.
The midfielder was only on the pitch for eight minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute, in Bolton’s draw against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.
Bolton boss Keith Hill has revealed that Buckley is set for a six-month spell in the treatment room, as it was confirmed that the former Brighton and Hove Albion man had sustained a fractured tibia.
Buckley only re-signed for the Trotters on Monday, and he’ll be hugely frustrated to have his season cut short through injury.
The 30-year-old has made five appearances so far this term in total, and will leave a sizeable void in Keith Hill’s side for the remainder of this year’s campaign.
Bolton are currently sat bottom of the League One table, and will be hoping they can force themselves up the third tier standings at the earliest of opportunities.
The January transfer window is set to reach a conclusion on Friday evening, and it could be a frantic, but interesting end to this month, as Hill could be tempted to add to his squad to find an adequate replacement for Buckley.
Keith Hill’s side return to action on Saturday when they take on relegation rivals Tranmere Rovers, in a game where they’ll be hoping to pick up a much-needed three points.
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This will be hugely frustrating for Buckley, Hill and the Bolton Wanderers supporters.
The midfielder has been impressive this season for the Trotters despite their struggles to stay afloat in League One. He had only just signed up for an extended spell with Bolton, so this injury blow couldn’t have come at a worse time.
However, it does give Keith Hill some time to find a replacement for Buckley, who won’t return until the 2019/20 campaign at the very earliest.
It’s an irritating update, that could all but seal Bolton’s relegation into League Two this season.