When Mark Davies failed to reappear for the second half against Bournemouth a week ago you could be forgiven for thinking that was the last we would see of him this season. Fears of a recurrence of his knee ligament injury and a long lay off could again rob Bolton of one of their most creative players.
However along with the planned change of manager, further good news was received this week when it was revealed that Davies will only miss two weeks with a slight knee knock. Knowing the clubs shambolic record with treating injuries we can only hope the two week prediction is correct.
Blighted by injuries during his time at Bolton Davies has, at times, struggled to adapt to the Championship. He was limited to just 18 appearances last season as he carried over a knee ligament injury from the previous season and he then missed the end of the season due to a thigh strain. This season has been a familiar tale as a broken toe prevented Davies from starting the season.
The memorable goals he has scored away at Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves are proof to how good a player he can be on his day. However I often find myself expected more from him as he regularly goes missing in games and in others he is completely anonymous, for all his talent he should be running the midfield in games at this level.
Arguably the most talented player in the squad, Mark Davies will be one of the players the new manager looks to build his team around. Unfortunately the injury problems he often suffers have more than likely prevented him from fulfilling the massive potential he has.