Mark Davies - learning for from past mistakes
WHEN Dougie Freedman brings Mark Davies back into the first team fold at the end of this year, he wants him for keeps.
Sidelined since February with a serious knee injury, the prized midfielder is getting tantalisingly close to a return to full training.
Last season proved a write-off for playmaker Davies, who suffered a ruptured cruciate ligament just four games into a comeback after shoulder surgery.
But, with his hand being guided by head of sport science Mark Leather, the Wanderers boss is determined to make sure the 25-year-old suffers no relapse when he pulls on a first-team shirt again.
“Mark is still a couple of months away before we see him play – maybe towards December,” Freedman said. “But he’s doing very well and coming along at the right pace.
“I don’t put any pressure on him. I don’t want him back in the eighth month if it should take nine months.
“Mark Leather has got that passion, as a Bolton fan, which is like mine. He wants to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.
“There is no coincidence in my eyes that Mark suffers a shoulder injury and is out for two months and then a couple of days later does his knee.
“There is a story in there guys. It shouldn’t have happened.”