WANDERERS boss Ian Evatt has revealed Josh Sheehan missed out on a Wales call-up due to injury.

The midfielder missed the Whites’ FA Cup clash with Stockport County over the weekend due to a back problem.

He last featured for his county in a friendly against Finland in September, coming on as a second-half substitute.

Evatt says the club discussed the situation with Wales and both parties decided it would be best for Sheehan to remain at Bolton during the international break.

“Josh has had a back injury from Tuesday that he picked up. It’s been really sore. He’s missed training,” said the Bolton boss.

“Obviously, he’s been called up to the Welsh squad but we’ve discussed it with Wales and he’s going to now stay with us because even though he’s injured it’s not a significant one.

“Were hopeful that we can really work on him during the early part of this week and have him available for Friday.”

However, Evatt is hopeful the Welshman will be available for Friday night’s League One clash with Crewe Alexandra at the UniBol.

The Whites will be looking to bring a run of five league games without a victory to an end against David Artell’s side.

Evatt added: “Sore backs are never nice, are they, especially as a football player you need your back to be in good condition so you can move about the pitch and unfortunately for Josh it’s been very sore and he’s struggled.

“It’s limited his movement, but hopefully that will ease off in the next few days.

"We’ll send him to the necessary people to try and get it looked at and fixed and then be available for Friday.”

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