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Dougie Freedman confirms Mark Davies and David Wheater reserve involvement

Paul Gilham

Yesterday, a report emerged saying that both David Wheater and Mark Davies were well in line to take part in this evening's reserve game against Oldham Athletic. Bolton Wanderers are scheduled (weather permitting, unlike last time) to take on Oldham Athletic at the County Ground in Leyland in a Manchester Senior Cup match.

Josh Vela and Stu Holden were already going to be involved in the proceedings and that was confirmed last week. However, the news yesterday that David Wheater and Mark Davies would be involved came as a bit of a shock.

David Wheater fits the timeline though as he has been out with a knee injury since May, 2012. The original prognosis for him was a 6-9 month return and we are in the eighth month of that. Mark Davies was the big surprise as his shoulder injury was said to have ruled him out for three months. Well, apparently not. Do keep in mind that despite the fact that these players may get some (possibly minimal) minutes in a U21 match, they are still weeks away from a full return.

Here is the quote (speaking after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sunderland) from Dougie Freedman, from the Bolton News:

"I have got Josh Vela, David Wheater, Stuart Holden and Mark Davies, four players that could be part of the starting 11, four players that are big players for this club, that are two weeks away," he said. "In all honesty, that extra game is good for us.

"They might play (against Sunderland). They are players that are training every day.

"They are going to play in a game [today]. Possibly Mark will miss the replay but it is an extra game down the line for them."

According to the Bolton News piece, a number of the players also have the chance to test their fitness in next week's FA Cup replay against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

"They are four big players. We have missed them really. We have a small squad, only 18 players, so the extra game - no disrespect to the FA Cup - is needed now."