Wheater Sets Return Date

  • October 28, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton defender David Wheater says he hopes to return to first-team action by the start of March.

Wheater has been unavailable for selection all season, after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the penultimate game of last season.

With new manager Dougie Freedman set to take over on Monday morning, the former Middlesbrough defender admits he will find it difficult to impress his new boss, but hopes to step up his rehabilitation by the end of the year and return to action for the final third of the season.

"It's doubly frustrating for me because a new manager has come in and I can't show him what I can do, apart from in the gym, and that's not much at the minute," Wheater told The Bolton News.

"I think the plan is to do a bit of training by the end of December and then a few reserve games in January and February.

"It will probably be the end of February/beginning of March before I am in contention for first-team selection again.

"There haven't been any problems, it just takes time. The doctor said it would be a nine-month injury, though it is stated as between six and nine months.

"It is okay now, but it needs strengthening because the muscle just completely went after the operation."

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