Cahill Closing On Return

  • February 26, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton defender Gary Cahill could be available for selection before the end of March after treatment on a blood clot.

The 24-year-old was diagnosed with the problem earlier this month and it was feared that he would not play again this season, whilst also missing out on a place in the England World Cup squad in the summer.

However, treatment on the defender has been a success and boss Owen Coyle believes he could be back in training in a fortnight.

"We did the scan yesterday and Gary will now go another two weeks without any contact but from that point he will be able to come back and join in with the group," Coyle said.

"I'm envisaging, fingers crossed without getting too far ahead of ourselves, that possibly Gary could be back within four weeks.

"Ideally I'd like him back earlier but we have to make sure Gary is fine.

"A specialist in the field has looked at him and there was a little bit of his rib when he turned that was catching on the blood flow to the vein, which caused the clot.

"Gary had an operation to remove that little bit of rib and the blood is now free-flowing, the clot is totally dissolved and the vein is in perfect order.

"The reason for him to have a couple of weeks' rest now is because of the operation and making sure that everything in that area is sealed. But he should be up and running and ready to go from there, which is great."

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