ERHUN Oztumer’s first run out in a Wanderers shirt has now been moved behind closed doors after another friendly mishap struck yesterday.

The playmaker is not due to face Halifax Town on Saturday because of a slight hip strain - but was down to play in the next warm-up game at Morecambe on Tuesday.

That match has now been moved to the Whites’ Lostock training base after Morecambe’s pitch was deemed unplayable following recent groundwork.

A statement from the League Two club read: “Over the past two weeks, the contractor has been back to site and further works have been carried out.

“Our groundstaff are working extremely hard to ensure that the playing surface will be ready for the commencement of the forthcoming season.”

Wanderers have already had a disjointed start to pre-season after the player pay dispute prompted the late cancellation of last Saturday’s match at St Mirren.

But speaking to The Bolton News yesterday Phil Parkinson said moving the Morecambe match would not have a significant effect on his players.

“It won’t really cause us too many issues because the pitches at the training ground are first rate, and they are ready to go,” he said.

“I think a lot of clubs like Morecambe are having problems because of the current weather. It has been so dry recently they have had problems with playing surfaces and a few games have been called off at the smaller clubs, which is a shame.”

“We should be able to handle it.”

Parkinson is attempting to keep focus on training and preparations for the new season despite the issues which have stacked up over the last week.

And the Wanderers boss says he has been happy with the application of his players on the training ground.

“They’ve done well,” he said. “On Tuesday we had an 11 v 11 and got 60 minutes of game time into them and now we’re looking at Saturday.

“We’ll take all the available professionals to Halifax and then see where we go from there.”