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‘We have to cope’: Boss Dougie Freedman calls on Bolton Wanderers squad to overcome double injury blow

By Alex Bysouth

Dougie Freedman is looking for his players to step up to the plate against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, after Bolton Wanderers were dealt a double injury blow.

Mark Davies will miss almost three months after having surgery on an injured shoulder this week and defender Matt Mills is likely to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

Freedman knows the loss of the influential Davies is a blow for his side and has called upon his fringe players to fill the void against the Addicks.

“It is a blow for us,” he told the Bolton News. “We just have to cope and see if others take their chance.

“We have to just take it on the chin and try and react in a positive way, he has a few goals but there are goals elsewhere.

“Chris Eagles is in good form and Chungy was excellent last Saturday and Marvin (Sordell) and Benik (Afobe) are there on the bench with David Ngog as well.”

Davies completed 90 minutes in last weekend’s draw against Huddersfield Town, despite falling awkwardly on his shoulder, but scans later showed the extent of the injury.

“Mark had a small problem with his shoulder during the game last Saturday and played on with it, which is very brave of him,” said Freedman.

“The MRI scan showed that because popped out, it left a slight fracture and started to swell.

“We could have left it but it is best to operate on it and get it all mended up.”

The Scot believes Davies is an irreplaceable talent and sympathised with 24-year-old, having a suffered a shoulder injury himself during his playing career.

“I don’t think we could go out and get a player of Mark’s quality in to replace him,” he said.

“I had a shoulder injury very similar when I played and I was out for 12 weeks with it, we are looking mid to end of January before he could be back.”

“Pretty much your whole life revolves around your shoulders; walking, eating, sleeping and driving.

The Trotters sit 18th in the Championship, but just three points behind Saturday’s visitors to the Reebok and a win could fire Freedman’s side into the top half of the table.

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