FRESH from a 6-0 hammering at Hull City, Phil Parkinson is now embarking on an FA Cup run amid more turmoil and unrest at Wanderers.

His squad has been hit by injuries and illness, as well as off-field problems denying three players a chance to face Walsall tomorrow.

The club is now under an embargo that prevents loan pair Christian Doidge and Remi Matthews from completing permanent moves to Bolton, while Gary O’Neil – whose short-term contract has expired – is being prevented from re-registering.

A loan from Professional Footballers’ Association was taken out in order to pay November’s wages a fortnight late, wages chairman Ken Anderson claimed at the time was personally funded. The chairman has yet to respond to a request for his comments on the matter.

Because of the debt to football creditors, the club is now unable to bring in new faces until the debt is paid.

Throwing the unexpected embargo into the mix means Parkinson has a host of issues to contend with as he looks for a response to the New Year’s Day thumping.

“I’m optimistic it will be sorted out but I’m just concentrating on the football today,” he said at this afternoon's pre-match press conference. “The chairman is working behind the scenes to sort that out and hopefully it will be resolved.

“We knew those players’ deals have expired. It’s not ideal but sometimes things take time to be resolved. It’s being worked towards and hopefully in a positive fashion.

“We’ve got a few injuries, Jack Hobbs and Mark Wilson are two and Will Buckley is ill, that’s why he missed the New Year’s Day game. He has been back in today but he certainly won’t start the game.

“Andy Taylor is four, Gary O’Neil won’t play and we’ve got a couple where their registrations haven’t been finalised. So it’s an interesting team selection ahead.”

The Bolton News also understands the Bolton Whites Hotel has been issued with a winding-up petition by HMRC and the club shop is to have stock removed by suppliers Euro Sport due to outstanding debts.