Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater set for month out with back injury

Wanderers defender David Wheater

Wanderers defender David Wheater

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DAVID Wheater faces up to a month out of action with a back injury.

Scans have shown that the big defender suffered a slipped disc during the warm-up in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Leeds United.

He started the game at Elland Road but was forced off the field after just seven minutes and replaced by Dorian Dervite.

It is understood Wheater will miss the upcoming home games against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United after the international break but any further absence will depend on how he responds to treatment.

The 27-year-old has featured in five of the Whites’ seven games so far this season alongside Matt Mills at the heart of Dougie Freedman’s defence.

Dervite will now be favourite to take his place against the Owls after the international break, although Wanderers expect Dean Moxey could also be in contention, which could mean Tim Ream moving back into the middle.

Meanwhile, Andy Hughes has addressed disgruntled fans on Twitter by explaining his new role at the club.

The 36-year-old, who registered as a player after his arrival in the summer, appeared on the bench against Leeds on Saturday but the new Under-19s coach insists his sole objective is to help younger players into the first team.

Fans also took a dim view to the salute made by Hughes and fellow ex-Leeds star Jermaine Beckford at Elland Road – another situation explained in a series of messages to one supporter which have now been made public.

“I understand how mad you must be and I am big enough to answer you,” he wrote to one fan from his official account.

“We have to stick together as fans and a team and come out of this period.

“My role at the club is to play and assist the young players and, as an experienced player, also help and play for the first-team.

“At the minute, we have three full-backs injured and three midfield players and, yesterday, we should have at least won or got a point.

“We feel worse for letting you, as fans, down and our own families.

“Playing for Leeds and being successful there (means) I had an amazing relationship with the fans and I will always be thankful to them, as indeed I'm sure Bolton legends will be thankful – i.e. Kevin Davies.

“To you, as Bolton fans, I hope this answers you. Please stay positive, as we need to stick together.”

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9:33am Wed 3 Sep 14

nickyboy70 says...

david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.
david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites. nickyboy70
  • Score: -4

12:37pm Wed 3 Sep 14

leyland white says...

Its a shame as Wheater should be the captain and Leader on the pitch. As for Spearing there is an empty seat next to me he can come and sit in. He is not a defensive midfield player or is he an attacking midfield player, he stops the movement of the ball and any forward momentum we may have got going. He misplaces passes and I cannot think of what this guy offers to the team. it was no coincidence that Jimmy and Sammy Lee quickly ejected him out of the team when they took over from Coyle. Freedman tinkers with the team to try to accomodate him when he is the problem in midfield.
Its a shame as Wheater should be the captain and Leader on the pitch. As for Spearing there is an empty seat next to me he can come and sit in. He is not a defensive midfield player or is he an attacking midfield player, he stops the movement of the ball and any forward momentum we may have got going. He misplaces passes and I cannot think of what this guy offers to the team. it was no coincidence that Jimmy and Sammy Lee quickly ejected him out of the team when they took over from Coyle. Freedman tinkers with the team to try to accomodate him when he is the problem in midfield. leyland white
  • Score: 9

3:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Walshaw white says...

I am very suspicious regarding all these injuries the players are picking up,not to harp about things under Big Sam but his Fitness diet and training methods elongated their careers of players.It seems under Freedman there is constant stream of injured players on the treatment table.Time to bow out Freedman.
I am very suspicious regarding all these injuries the players are picking up,not to harp about things under Big Sam but his Fitness diet and training methods elongated their careers of players.It seems under Freedman there is constant stream of injured players on the treatment table.Time to bow out Freedman. Walshaw white
  • Score: 8

7:03pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Reebok Al says...

nickyboy70 wrote:
david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.
I agree that we need to play Feeney, and yes, the season has hardly started and we're already talking about relegation, but as for Gardner being a good player.......well, I don't suppose we can agree on everything,

walshaw white - you can harp on about Big Sam all you like. And why not ?He was the most effective manager our club's had for decades.
[quote][p][bold]nickyboy70[/bold] wrote: david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.[/p][/quote]I agree that we need to play Feeney, and yes, the season has hardly started and we're already talking about relegation, but as for Gardner being a good player.......well, I don't suppose we can agree on everything, walshaw white - you can harp on about Big Sam all you like. And why not ?He was the most effective manager our club's had for decades. Reebok Al
  • Score: 1

7:46pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Riggermortis says...

Andy Hughes who is he and how much are we paying him for the pleasure of doing absolutely nothing. We have bigger backroom staff than Barcelona, all hangers on jobs for the boys. Play him up front and we will see if he deserves a wage. Let's all stick together except when we play Leeds, palace etc
Andy Hughes who is he and how much are we paying him for the pleasure of doing absolutely nothing. We have bigger backroom staff than Barcelona, all hangers on jobs for the boys. Play him up front and we will see if he deserves a wage. Let's all stick together except when we play Leeds, palace etc Riggermortis
  • Score: 3

8:00pm Wed 3 Sep 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

I'm not buying this.

If he had slipped a disc, there's no way on earth he could've played for seven minutes.

More to this.......
I'm not buying this. If he had slipped a disc, there's no way on earth he could've played for seven minutes. More to this....... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: -2

7:03am Thu 4 Sep 14

David_J says...

nickyboy70 wrote:
david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.
Rubbish
[quote][p][bold]nickyboy70[/bold] wrote: david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.[/p][/quote]Rubbish David_J
  • Score: -1

8:03am Thu 4 Sep 14

Ernagy2 says...

It's not that players like Wheater and Davies are always injured, it's that we don't release them. If I had been sick for as long as Wheater and Davies have been I'd have been fired by my boss.

We shouldn't have bought either of them in the first place as their injury records were poor before they came to BWFC. That's not Dougie's fault as he wasn't here when we bought them. Allardyce did a lot of preparation before he signed a player, I'm afraid Coyle and Megson didn't.

It is one think to thank a former clubs supporters before a game and acknowledge them. It is another to be doing it during a match. One wonders at their professionalism as they are being paid by BWFC and that is where their loyalties are. Are they really putting in the effort that they should be ? are they as focused as they should be?

However, I think some fans are just looking to complain at the moment. If we'd won 5-0 like last season and we were sitting top of the tree, those incidents would not have got noticed. BWFC have never been good at PR though.
It's not that players like Wheater and Davies are always injured, it's that we don't release them. If I had been sick for as long as Wheater and Davies have been I'd have been fired by my boss. We shouldn't have bought either of them in the first place as their injury records were poor before they came to BWFC. That's not Dougie's fault as he wasn't here when we bought them. Allardyce did a lot of preparation before he signed a player, I'm afraid Coyle and Megson didn't. It is one think to thank a former clubs supporters before a game and acknowledge them. It is another to be doing it during a match. One wonders at their professionalism as they are being paid by BWFC and that is where their loyalties are. Are they really putting in the effort that they should be ? are they as focused as they should be? However, I think some fans are just looking to complain at the moment. If we'd won 5-0 like last season and we were sitting top of the tree, those incidents would not have got noticed. BWFC have never been good at PR though. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

9:13am Thu 4 Sep 14

jay7767 says...

nickyboy70 wrote:
david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.
seriously Feeney over cheungy get a grip....
[quote][p][bold]nickyboy70[/bold] wrote: david wheater is an as been and mark davis is the same he will never return hes always injured. They are going to turn out like gardner good players but will never be the same. chung young has never been the same same since he broke his leg. The way we are going we will be lucky to have a starting 11. we need to put feeney in place of chung young lee south korea must be scapping the barrel having him as captain. And whats your bets he comes back injured. Bolton really need to have a good long look at what weve got because were im looking at is a team that's just not good enough. Its just a team that's heading for league 1. donna and nick blackpool whites.[/p][/quote]seriously Feeney over cheungy get a grip.... jay7767
  • Score: -1
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