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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Coyle refuses to rush players back

Bolton manager Owen Coyle prepared to wait for stars to return to fitness

Trotters' boss Owen Coyle has seen his Bolton side struggle without some key players

Bolton manager Owen Coyle says he will not risk rushing back players from injury despite their precarious position at the wrong end of the Barclays Premier League table.

The Trotters have been without players of the calibre of Stuart Holden, Chung-Yong Lee, Sam Ricketts, Marcos Alonso and Jussi Jaaskelainen this season and results have suffered.

Keeper Jaaskelainen, who missed the 5-1 defeat at home against Chelsea, is on his way back to full fitness, which is a timely boost for the struggling Bolton backline.

The club's injury woes have seen them pick up only three points from seven matches to lie bottom of the table, with six successive defeats following on from a 4-0 opening day win at QPR in August.

But Coyle says he will let the injured players return to the first-team fold in their own time instead of rushing them back before they are 100 per cent ready.

"They are improving, and that augers well," said the Scot. "But we can't be rushing anybody back into action.

"We have to make sure first and foremost that when they come back it is the right time for them to continue their careers - as much as we would love them fit and available now."

Jaaskelainen had a thigh problem that forced him to sit on the sidelines, but he returned to training on Tuesday and Coyle is hopeful he will not suffer any adverse reaction.

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Key Points

  • Bolton hit by injuries to key first-team players
  • Keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen missed key matches
  • Manager keeping calm despite poor start