On Saturday, against Leeds United at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton Wanderers were losing the match late into the dying embers. Dougie Freedman tried to rectify the situation with attacking substitutions that saw Jermaine Beckford enter the match for Zat Knight and Rob Hall come in for Chris Eagles until the third and final substitution, when Freedman was left bereft of options.
The manager's third and final substitution saw him replace Marc Tierney, one of Bolton's best players going forward on the day, with defensive midfielder Medo Kamara when a more attacking option in Andre Moritz was present on the bench. It was an odd choice at the time and the fans barely understood it given that Moritz was due to be 100% fit for the Leeds meeting.
Speaking on Twitter on Sunday night, Moritz confirmed that he had suffered an injury, one that could keep him out for weeks.
Yesterday during the warmup i had an injury on my left groin Had it scan today and it shows that i have a grade 2 tear of my adductor longus— Andre Moritz (@andremoritz10) September 15, 2013
For sure its the worst beginning of season ever for myself, really disappointing. But these kind of things come to make me stronger— Andre Moritz (@andremoritz10) September 15, 2013
I'll do my best and will be positive to be back to the greens asap. Tomorrow morning i'll be starting the treatment to get healed soon— Andre Moritz (@andremoritz10) September 15, 2013
I came to #BWFC for a reason and i'm sure that i will have time enough to help and do my best. One love and lets stay positive.— Andre Moritz (@andremoritz10) September 15, 2013
With Moritz' new injury blow, Bolton Wanderers are once again struggling for creative options in the midfield as they look to start scoring goals from the front.
One of the names that fans have thrown around in recent weeks has been that of young Josh Vela, who made an impression on the Reebok faithful in his appearances last season. Vela has struggled to break into the side this year, not making the 18-man squad once in the league but playing an hour in Bolton's Capital One Cup loss at Tranmere Rovers. Speaking ahead of the Leeds United match, Freedman elaborated on Vela's condition in the Bolton News:
"Josh got into the first team when he was young but had a serious injury that no one has ever really flagged up.
"So, in training, he finds it hard to get up to the level of training he is expected to.
"It has been recommended by our side that possibly he needs to go out on loan, and I think it's something he could benefit from.
"But right now that's a ‘no' because he needs to get fitter before he goes out and plays."
The injury in question was ligament damage suffered at Crawley Town in the second round of the Capital One Cup last season. It looks to be the recurrence of another injury that was seemingly not properly treated at the time.