Josh Vela has been with Bolton Wanderers for quite a while now. He joined the youth squad in 2008, and has been slowly but surely been breaking into the first team for the last season, his first full appearance for the club coming in April of this year. This season looked to be his big chance. The team was just relegated, and the squad going through a regeneration. Vela was duly handed his first Bolton start against Crawley Town on Tuesday, only to be forced off after 7 minutes thanks to a foul by Nicky Adams.
The 18 year old did manage to get up and walk after the challenge, and attempted to go on but after a minute or so it was clear he was not up to it, so he was replaced by Darren Pratley. Today, young Josh will have a scan of his knee to determine his immediate future. Skipper Kevin Davies spoke to the Bolton News about the matter
"I was particularly looking forward to him starting against Crawley because I'm a big admirer of his. Hopefully it isn't anything too serious but it didn't look great. He's definitely one for the future for us."
SKD was not alone in anticipation of Vela's performance this season. He looked to be one of the most promising of the myriad of youth promoted to the first team this season. Cross your fingers and toes for Josh!