Clough break for Bolton as club’s top scorer ruled out for rest of season

Top scorer Zach Clough has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder, Bolton Wanderers have confirmed.

The Manchester-born striker, who only turns 20 on Sunday, sustained the injury in the 1-1 draw with Reading at the Macron Stadium in midweek.

Clough scored on his Wanderers debut in the FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic in January, and has since amassed a total of six goals in 10 appearances.

Defender Kevin McNaughton will also not play again this season after fracturing his fibula in the same match, which was his first start since October.

The on-loan defender was stretchered off after just 10 minutes against the Royals after a challenge from Jonathan Obita.

The 32-year-old now faces an uncertain future with his contract at his parent club Cardiff City due to expire in July. 

The Trotters have been dealt a third injury blow in the aftermath of the Reading draw, with centre-back David Wheater facing up to eight weeks out with a torn hamstring.

Meanwhile, Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has dipped into the loan market to secure the services of Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Giles Coke.

Coke, 28, has scored once in 16 games for the Owls this season, and will bolster the Trotters’ midfield for the final 11 games of the Championship season.

Bolton have the weekend off from league duty before making the short journey to face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Wednesday night.

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