Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies looking for a good run to end of the season

Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies

Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

MARK Davies has hailed Wanderers’ medical staff for getting his career back on track.

Injury problems have followed the talented midfielder around in his five years at the Reebok but after returning from knee surgery in December, the 26-year-old is now looking confidently into the future.

Davies was dealt a minor setback last week when a groin problem forced him out of the 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.

But he is targeting a return to the side for tomorrow’s game against Huddeesfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium – the venue at which he suffered a serious shoulder injury in December 2012.

The former Wolves playmaker now believes Dougie Freedman’s re-vamped medical team, led by Mark Leather, have given him a fighting chance of steering clear of the major problems that have stunted his progress to date.

“It has been very frustrating in recent seasons,” Davies told the club.

“It seems whenever I get back to full fitness and I find a bit of form I then go and get injured again.

“Touch wood, everything has been good since I got back.

“I’ve done all right since getting back into the side.

“It’s down to the physios – they have helped me massively. I honestly think this is the best backroom set-up I’ve ever worked with.”

Davies has been back in the side since Christmas – and since his return, Wanderers have lost just three of 14 games he has played.

An integral part of Freedman’s system, the scampering midfielder is now hoping Wanderers can lay down a marker for next season over the course of the last seven games, starting in West Yorkshire tomorrow.

“Now I’m back in the side I’m just focused on doing my best for the club and helping them get back to where we think we belong,” he said.

“I honestly believe this year we haven’t got the results some of our performances have warranted.

“There have been so many points we should have won and haven’t.

“We’ve been desperately unlucky for the last year or so, but sooner or later that will change.

“We now need to put together a good, strong run of results to give us something to build on for next season.”

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