Davies and Wheater in return boost

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

MARK Davies will make his return to full training in the next few days after spending the last six weeks on the sidelines.

The Wanderers midfielder underwent surgery on damaged shoulder ligaments after falling heavily in a game at Huddersfield Town just before Christmas, but is now ready to step up his comeback bid.

Dougie Freedman confirmed Davies’s return at his weekly press conference yesterday and also revealed David Wheater was in line to play for the development squad against Manchester City tonight, in what would be the defender’s first competitive action since last season.

“Wheats will be involved and hopefully he can give us a good 60 or 70 minutes,” Freedman said of the big centre-half, sidelined since last April with cruciate ligament damage.

Stuart Holden will also feature against City, and Freedman said he chose to pull the American midfielder out of his first-team squad bound for Watford in order to give him extra game time.

“The decision was whether we should bring him with us in the first-team squad?

“But I felt the amount of game time he’d get with the development squad would benefit Stuart more,” he added.

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