ANDRE Moritz has turned down the offer of a short break to undergo extra strength training sessions during the international break.

The Brazilian playmaker suffered a calf strain after the defeat at Nottingham Forest and has struggled to shake off the injury, limiting his chances against QPR and Blackburn.

The 27-year-old has made five appearances for the club since signing on a free transfer but Dougie Freedman has resisted the urge to throw him in from the start.

It has now come to light that Moritz has worked solidly at Euxton to rid himself of the niggling problem in an attempt to get himself fully fit.

“He’s had three weeks where he has had no time off; he has been in every single day,” explained Wanderers’ sports rehabilitator Dave Dean, speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association.

“When the players have had days off, he has been in. Most of the players are having a day off but he is in, working very hard with the medical team to get fit as soon as possible.”

Moritz, who also spoke at the meeting, has Wanderers’ next game at home to Leeds in mind as he continues his recovery.

“I have never had a problem but maybe age is coming to me,” he said. “I need to be careful right now and I have been working really hard before and after training on strength. Hopefully, I will be 100 per cent for Leeds.”