When it rains it bloody pisses it down for Bolton Wanderers, as easily our best and most consistent performer this season, David Wheater, faces up to six weeks on the sideline after damaging his hamstring in Saturday's dismal 3-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
The big centre half had started 18 consecutive games up to this point, easily his best run in the team since signing from Middlesbrough in 2011, he even scored last Tuesday in the Whites' 3-2 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. Unfortunately his proneness to injury has now struck once again and will mean we probably won't see Wheater donning a white shirt again until March - and by then we will probably already be dead and burred with relegation to League One confirmed.
This injury comes as a particularly cruel double whammy for Wanderers as not only will we not be able to play our best defender in a team that is already shipping goals for fun, but the injury also ends any chance of Wheater being moved on this month and his massive wages being cut from the wage bill.
As I said, when it rains...
Manager Neil Lennon confirmed Wheater's injury in the post match interview yesterday but harbours no regrets in playing such an injury prone player in so many consecutive games. He said:
"It's a blow for us with David having done his hamstring but he has been playing consistently well and when someone has been playing consistently well, you keep going with him."
Whites will be without Wheater and the suspended Ben Amos for Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Eastleigh at the Macron Stadium.