In the last few years, Wanderers have had simply the worst luck with injuries and a brief glance at the squad’s current injury list will only confirm that.
Bolton already had an injury list that could almost have made a full starting 11 going into Saturday’s defeat against Rochdale. However, following the 3-1 defeat, the list of walking wounded at Bolton has risen yet again.
Just before the game, a recurring back injury for defender Jack Hobbs flared up and kept him out of the squad, meaning that he joins the likes of Ben Alnwick, Harry Brockbank, Jake Wright, Liam Edwards, Joe Bunney, Liam Bridcutt, Ronan Darcy and Will Buckley on the sidelines.
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What made the 3-1 defeat against Rochdale even worse is the fact that Bolton picked up another two injuries during the match, 17-year-old Sonny Graham who rolled his ankle and was forced off and even worse, Bolton’s Belgian winger Thibaud Verlinden who looks to have picked up a groin problem.
The latest additions to the Wanderers injury list means that Bolton are without 11 first-team players.
The most notable absence from the squad on Saturday was the defensive duo of Jake Wright and Jack Hobbs, the latter of whom has been excellent since re-signing for Bolton.
However, Liam Bridcutt’s calm head and constant communication was also a big miss, especially in the latter stages of the game when any sort of plan left Bolton’s style of play and they resorted to hoofing the ball long to Daryl Murphy and Chris O’Grady.
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The alarming length of the Bolton injury list is one thing, but the quality of the players who are out injured is even more worrying still.
Bolton have some truly key players missing for the next few weeks and it is going to be detrimental to any chances we did have of seeing Wanderers stay up this season.
After defeat on Saturday, there’s no rest for Bolton as they’re straight back into action against 7th-placed Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening.