Freedman Defends Mark Davies Substitution

  • February 09, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has defended his decision to substitute Mark Davies in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.

Davies played 58 minutes of the game against the Cherries, before being replaced by Medo Kamara for the final half-hour.

That change was unpopular in the stands, but the Wanderers manager says he is remaining cautious with the fitness of the influentional midfielder - who has played just 10 times since coming back from an almost year-long absence with a knee ligament injury.

"Mark Davies didn't train for a few days last week," Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester. "It got to the 60th minute and I didn't think he had enough (energy).

"He made one run just before he came off and his recovery run wasn't quite there.

"I'm very cautious with Mark Davies. It was more me being cautious with Mark Davies and things like that."

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder is expected to be in contention for a starting place when the Trotters play host to Burnley on Tuesday night.

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