Mark Davies on the way back for Bolton Wanderers
WANDERERS could have key midfielder Mark Davies back in action by the end of this year.
After several months on the sidelines with a ruptured cruciate ligament the 25-year-old is now in the final leg of his rehabilitation, with his physical work now gradually being increased at Euxton.
Davies has been out of action since March and it had initially been feared he could be absent until early 2014 – but the club are now cautiously optimistic the ex-Wolves star can return before the halfway point in the campaign.
“Mark is back on the field doing his final stage work now,” confirmed Wanderers’ sports rehabilitator Dave Dean.
“It will take a few weeks for him to get his fitness back but he’s doing really well at the moment.
“He is ahead of schedule but it is obviously not something you can rush. We don’t want him coming back and then getting re-injured.
We need to make sure, so there is no real timescale on it.”
Davies had linked up with the squad in their pre-season camp in Spain where he was able to train out on the grass with his team-mates for the first time since damaging his knee against Peterborough United at the Reebok.
That came just four games after returning from a dislocated shoulder sustained just before Christmas against Huddersfield Town but Davies still managed an impressive six goals in 25 appearances for the Whites in all competitions last term.
Although Andre Moritz is nearing full fitness and ready to stake his claim for a regular starting spot, Davies would be an ideal candidate for the “number 10” role that Dougie Freedman has found difficult to fill so far this season.
Last weekend’s heavy defeat at Blackburn cast a heavy shadow heading into the international break but the manager is convinced he can iron out the problems in his team over the next week before the next game against Leeds.
“We have got to re-group,” he said. “We need people who will show the right desire and make sure they are prepared in the best possible way through training for the Leeds game.
“Next month is going to be difficult but we have got to get through that.”
Meanwhile, Wanderers' Under-21 fixture versus Arsenal has moved back a week to Monday, October 28, kick off 7pm.