Bolton Wanderers star Marc Tierney set for spell on sidelines
WANDERERS defender Marc Tierney will miss tonight’s trip to Blackpool and there are fears he could be sidelined for months rather than weeks after fracturing a bone in his foot against Yeovil on Saturday.
Boss Dougie Freedman confirmed ahead of tonight’s clash the left-back has been for a second scan to determine the length of his absence after a fracture was revealed.
It is a huge blow to the Whites manager who admits it is a position where he has no natural cover.
Tim Ream slotted in on Saturday and could get the nod again, while former Seasider Alex Baptiste could also switch across with loan signing Kevin McNaughton expected to receive international clearance to make his debut at right-back.
One plus point for Freedman is the availability of Jay Spearing, who is okay after stitches in a head wound.
Freedman said: “We don’t quite know how serious it is for Marc but it looks like months out rather than weeks.
“He had another scan yesterday and he will see a specialist and then we will know exactly where we are.
“We think it’s a fracture but he has gone for a second scan to give us an indication of where the fracture is and how long he will be out for.
“It is one position where we have not properly addressed in terms of back up so it leaves us short.
“Tim Ream stepped in there on Saturday and looked very comfortable so there are a couple of options I have there, but it would be a makeshift left-back.
“The good thing back there is I think we have a big chance of Kevin (McNaughton) playing tonight.
“We were in touch with the people at FIFA yesterday to get his clearance and hopefully it will have been approved in time.
“Jay (Spearing) has some stitches, but he will be fine.”
Freedman will undoubtedly make changes and could hand Liam Feeney a first start after his impressive substitute appearance at the weekend Fellow loanee Neil Danns is also in contention with Freedman explaining he did not figure on Saturday due to a lack of proper training in the run-up to his move.
The boss added: “Dannsy didn’t train the first part of last week and when the deal got done on Thursday it left him little time to train so he wasn’t really ready.
“But Liam Feeney showed real quality when he came on.
“Everybody is capable of starting and all three, including Kevin, are experienced players in the Championship.
“There is no way they will not be involved in the next couple of games, there is no doubt in my mind they can come straight in.
“But I didn’t really bring the loan players in for that one game against Yeovil; I brought them in to have an impact over a few months.”