Coyle devastated as Ricketts suffers injury woe

Sam Ricketts

Sam Ricketts

Bolton boss Owen Coyle bemoaned his luck after defended Sam Ricketts suffered an Achilles injury that could keep him out for a long time.

Bolton progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup, after beating Wigan 1-0 in last night’s 4th round replay, and will now play Fulham at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

Coyle is also without Zat Knight who suffered ankle ligament damage in Sundays 2-0 win against Everton, and will be out for four to six weeks and fears for his team’s chances now they are so short of cover at the back.

The former Burnley manager said: “He has damaged his Achilles and it doesn’t look great at this time.

“The medical team think it could be quite severe and we hope that is not the scenario, but the way it is looking right now, I think it is going to be a lengthy period of time.

“I think he just went to recover as Moses was raiding for Wigan, and it looked innocuous, but because of the speed the game is played at – he has certainly damaged his Achilles, that is for sure.

“I just need to find out the extent of it tomorrow when it is looked at properly.”

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