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Bolton Wanderers' Injury Crisis Laid Bare

We've suffered from an unprecedented spate of injuries lately - you could almost make a decent Championship side out of that

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Bolton Wanderers have suffered a season like no other with regard to injuries.

So much so, you could make a pretty decent side out of the injured masses. Let's have a look at that:


Adam Bogdan - the Hungarian stopper has been in and out of the side all season, making just seven league starts all season.

Andy Lonergan - linked with a move back to Preston North End, the former Leeds United keeper has been out for a week since suffering a head injury in the defeat to Nottingham Forest.


Marc Tierney - yet to be announced officially, but Wanderers' injury-hit left back has been told that he'll never play professional football again. A big loss given the need now to replace him with Tim Ream - himself being played out of his natural position.

David Wheater - seemingly stricken with a muscle injury, the impact of his time out of the side is twofold as we lose our best defender, and we have to play the chronically out-of-form Dorian Dervite in his stead.

Kevin McNaughton - another injury that will deprive us of Josh Vela in his natural position and force the lad into playing at right-back.


Darren Pratley - from a laughing stock to our most important player. A serious hamstring injury is reportedly going to keep him sidelined until the start of next season. Big loss as we miss his energy and determined running.

Mark Davies - perma-crocked, but also ultra-talented. His time out of the side has cost yet more momentum both for the club and his own career

Filip Twardzik - only a recent arrival from Celtic, but another body that we are having to do without.

Liam Trotter - LOL

Stuart Holden - I know he's not really an active member of the squad, but you get my point.


Craig Davies - a bruiser, but a useful bruiser. We are having to make do with Emile Heskey in his absence. Says it all.

Max Clayton - the former Crewe man was just finding his feet before a severe bout of Mark Davies-itis and is another attacking player that we are having to do without until the 2015/16 season.

Zach Clough - our star man and top scorer has a dislocated shoulder - the extent of which should come to the fore in the next few days. Would be a great shame if this meant the premature ending of his first season in the starting XI.

So Neil Lennon is really having to make chicken salad from chicken shit, given the paucity of choice in Bolton Wanderers' ranks.

Surely our luck has to change soon.