Basham injury adds to Whites woes

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OWEN Coyle’s injury problems worsened with Chris Basham joining the growing list of players in the Reebok treatment room.

The midfielder was forced off after just 31 minutes of a defeat to Manchester City in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North clash at Hyde United’s Ewen Fields last night.

Bolton boss Coyle was in the crowd to see Basham limp off with a knee problem following a challenge with City’s Robbie Mak.

However, new signing Stuart Holden came through an hour unscathed on his way back from injury.

The American international has been struggling with a thigh problem since joining Wanderers from Houston Dynamo last month, but could now be involved against Tottenham in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round tie.

The impressive Aaron Mooy missed a great chance to open the scoring for Bolton’s second string, who now have John Henry in charge, inside the first minute but the Australian shot tamely at David Gonzalez Giraldo.

City took the lead in first-half injury time when Alex Nimbley pounced on Chris Stokes’s poor back header to rifle home.

Sam Sheridan missed the visitors’ best chance of an equaliser when he volleyed over and Adbisalam Ibrahim wrapped up the points for City with a superb 25-yard strike on 71 minutes.

City: Giraldo, Boyata, Cunningham, Kay, Onuoha, Mee, Mak (Redshaw 79), Ibrahim, Nimley, Tutte, Poole. Subs not used: Wabara, Johansen, Chantler, Smith.

Wanderers: Bogdan, Riley, Blakeham, Stokes, Bennett, Basham (McDonald 32), Sheridan, Holden (Campbell 60), Harsanyi, Mooy, O’Halloran. Subs not used: Battersby, Lainton, McGeechan.

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