Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill says that defender Jack Hobbs could be set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury suffered in his side’s goalless draw with Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon.
Hobbs, who was playing his third game in a week, was withdrawn at half time in the stalemate to be replaced by Yoan Zouma, as Wanderers saw the gap between themselves and League One survival grow to 21 points.
Speaking after the game about Hobbs’ situation, Hill told The Bolton News: “Hamstring – we had a few players who were complaining.
“I just think it’s the run of games. Again, they are all nursing little injuries and not every player is going to get 100 per cent. We are going to have to do a lot of rest this week.”
Discussing the importance of giving his team this opportunity to recover, Hill continued: “I just think it’s the run of games.
“Again, they are all nursing little injuries and not every player is going to get 100 per cent. We are going to have to do a lot of rest this week.”
Hobbs was making just his 11th league appearance this season in that draw with Stanley, having only returned to action earlier in February, from an injury suffered in a goalless draw with Blackpool back in October.
Next up for Bolton is a trip to Kingsmeadow to face AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon.
This feels like a big blow for Bolton.
Hobbs has been a big presence for Wanderers at the heart of their defence when fit this season, so to see him facing another spell on the sidelines will be hugely frustrating for Bolton.
Not only will his ability be missed, but the experience he brings to help this relatively young side through what is a difficult period is also a useful asset that is likely to be missed when he is not available.
There are many variables to be considered with regards to Bolton’s season should it end in what is starting to look like an inevitable relegation to League Two, and Hobbs’ absence for the majority of the campaign is something you feel would come into that.