Wanderers skipper Liam Bridcutt is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured collarbone in Monday night’s draw against Blackpool.
While Bolton impressed once again to earn another hard-fought draw on Monday, it’ll have been a bitter blow for Keith Hill to watch on as his captain and arguably best player was forced off after half an hour.
The Wanderers captain, who arrived on loan from Nottingham Forest at the start of September, has been instrumental in Bolton’s team for the past few weeks but looks set for a spell of around four-to-eight weeks on the treatment table, although that has not yet been confirmed by the club.
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The injury came about in frustratingly innocuous circumstances as Bridcutt came into the path of towering Blackpool striker Armand Gnanduillet who clattered into Briductt and landed on top of him.
Bridcutt looked instantly in pain and was quick to point out to the Wanderers physios that his collarbone and shoulder were the problem areas.
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It’s a bitter blow for Bolton who have been on the cusp of victory for several games now.
Bridcutt was having an uncharacteristically poor game until about the 25th minute when he pulled off a superb flick to maintain possession before a few moments later he’d been well and truly flattened.
It’s frustrating for Wanderers as he’s undoubtedly been the best addition to the Bolton team in Keith Hill’s brief tenure and any time out on the sidelines will be a huge shame as his loan only runs until January.
The most likely candidate to replace Bridcutt appears to be 17-year-old Sonny Graham who Keith Hill brought on to replace the injured skipper. Despite looking a little light in physicality compared with some of Blackpool’s players, he looked comfortable in the team which offers some relief.