Coyle Updates Injury Situation

  • April 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Owen Coyle will make a late decision on the fitness of Mark Davies ahead of Tuesday night's game at Aston Villa.

Davies limped out of Saturday's draw with Swansea City and failed to train on Monday, leading to suggestions that Josh Vela could make his first senior start for the club.

Vela was introduced as a late substitute against the Swans and Coyle admits he will have no problem putting the 18-year-old straight in at the deep end at Villa Park.

"We've got one or two concerns for Tuesday night," Coyle said.

"Mark won't train today because we don't want to risk aggravating it further. We are hoping he will be okay but he remains touch-and-go.

"Darren Pratley missed out at the weekend with a virus, and I think he has little or no chance of being involved against Villa.

"Darren has tried to do a bit running but still felt dizzy. He has got better but not to an extent where he can get about for 90 minutes in a Barclays Premier League match.

"We've got young Josh Vela who has improved no end and he will come into our thoughts. We haven't been blessed with the injury situation but we have just got to get on with it.

"Josh is going to be a top player for this football club - there's no doubt about it and if it comes to it then it won't faze us because he has the ability."

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