‘FORGOTTEN’ Wanderers striker Shaun Miller could be back in training ahead of schedule.

The former Crewe frontman has featured just seven times this season and was expected to be out of action until April with a torn thigh muscle.

But Ian Evatt has revealed that Miller will resume light training duties next week and could still play a part in the second half of the campaign.

“He will be back on the grass next week, which is great,” said the Bolton boss. “He’s another one we maybe forgot about and haven’t seen as much. Hopefully we will get him back soon.”

Another tantalising injury update was offered on youngster Dennis Politic, who ruptured his cruciate ligament in pre-season and was expected to miss the whole of this season.

Evatt remains cautious about rushing the highly-rated winger back but believes he is making excellent progress in his recovery.

“Dennis is doing really well,” he said. “We will have to be over-cautious with that one but he is progressing well and the work he’s doing is great.”

Defender Liam Edwards underwent an operation to remove a screw in his knee last week which had hampered his comeback attempts in the last few months.

“He needs a few weeks to settle but once it does, he shouldn’t have the discomfort he has had,” Evatt said.

“Hopefully he will progress fast after that and we can get him back training, probably March time.”

Otherwise, Wanderers will be without two players who tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this month for their trip to Exeter City.

Declan John will not make his long-awaited debut after damaging his hamstring in training and defender Reiss Greenidge is suspended after picking up a red card against Crawley Town.

After 10 days out of action, Evatt has used the time to try and iron out some of the issues which have contributed to an inconsistent start in League Two.

He is wary of forecasting a an immediate revival after a few false dawns - but believes his players will be better for the work on the training ground.

“I hope so, even though we’ve had a few resets this year," he said.

“It gives us an opportunity to get some content on to the training pitch and I think when you are playing Saturday-Tuesday that becomes limited, it’s play-recover, play-recover. But we have had an opportunity to work hard on certain things we wanted to improve upon and hopefully we will see some benefit over the coming weeks.

“There may be a slight bit of ring-rust, hopefully not, but we haven’t played for 10 days.

“What they have done on the training pitch has been exceptional, it really has. They have applied themselves with all the new things we have tried."