Former Bolton Wanderers loanee Thibaud Verlinden has been joining in with a laugh with his former club.
Verlinden signed for Bolton back in the summer window on a deal until January and impressed as he was one of the few high points in what has been a difficult season for Wanderers. The Belgian made 17 appearances for Bolton before being recalled by Stoke to help play a role in their fight for survival in the Championship but will play no further part for Stoke as he is expected to miss the rest of the campaign through a suspected knee injury.
The FA announced that they would be extending the suspension of the professional game within England due to the recent pandemic which is sweeping across the globe with the current date of a return for football standing at April the 30th.
It appears that EFL stars are finding new and innovative ways to keep themselves entertain during the suspension of the game. The ‘Stay At Home Challenge’ has been very popular on social media with footballers as they attempt to complete kick-ups with a roll of toilet paper. Bolton goalkeeper Remi Matthews got involved in the challenge this afternoon with his former teammate reacting to his effort.
— Thibaud Verlinden (@ThibaudVerlinde) March 20, 2020
Matthews has been another bright light in what can only be described as an awful campaign for the Trotters with the former Norwich City goalkeeper producing numerous impressive performances under the circumstances. The Trotters sit bottom of the League One table and are a massive 21 points behind AFC Wimbledon who sit outside the bottom three. Keith Hill’s men look destined to be competing in League Two next season for the first time since 1988.
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Although Verlinden is currently sidelined with a nasty injury, it is good to see him getting behind one his former teammates as he attempts a viral challenge. It shows how footballers are coming together in a tough time for the sport as well as attempting to make the time go a little quicker. Verlinden will be well remembered by the Bolton supporters during his time with the club as he always put in maximum effort despite the circumstances that revolved the club in that period.
It is nice to see Verlinden still taking an interest in Bolton after his playing spell there as they were the club in English football to give him an opportunity to test himself week in, week out. He had performed well upon returning for Stoke and will be a huge miss for them as they look to retain their Championship status for next season.