WANDERERS players training in isolation are doing so without access to club medical staff in the event of an injury.

The Bolton News has learned the ENTIRE medical department at first team and academy level was placed on furlough on March 30 until further notice.

Despite no indication on when a return to the training ground will be possible, members of Keith Hill’s squad have been instructed to maintain fitness levels to the best possible standard with individually tailored programmes which include running, cycling and weight routines.

But serious concerns have been voiced over what would happen if a player picked up an injury during the lockdown – with staff unable to offer assistance under the legal terms of their furlough.

Accessing public health services is an option but with a heavy burden already placed on the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, plus the risks associated with leaving home, the knock-on effects of even minor injuries could be severe.

Wanderers confirmed yesterday: “All players, regardless of whether they are fit or carrying an existing injury, were handed individual training and/or rehab programs for the duration of self-isolation.”

The club has declined to comment, however, on what would happen if a player received an injury whilst training in isolation.

League One side Sunderland yesterday announced they had furloughed their first team, contracted academy players and backroom staff – although they confirmed that former Bolton boss Phil Parkinson would continue to work from home.

Wanderers have not yet indicated whether their players will be placed on temporary leave but a statement released at the end of last month confirmed senior management who continue to work had taken a “significant pay reduction” alongside the announcement of the non-footballing furloughs.

The identity of the senior staff still working are also unconfirmed by Wanderers – although they are thought to include head of football operations Tobias Phoenix and chief executive Emma Beaugeard.