Mark Howard Granted Time Off After Routine Operation

  • January 09, 2017 | By Chris Mann
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Mark Howard has been granted time off by Bolton, as he prepares to step up his rehabilitation from a broken thumb.

Howard has missed 10 matches since suffering the injury in defeat at Peterborough United in November and last week underwent routine surgery to ensure the bone heals to the fullest extent.

Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson recently revealed the goalkeeper had returned to training, comments which were clarified by manager Phil Parkinson, who revealed he has allowed Howard to spend time at home before upping his routine upon making a return to the club's Lostock training base.

"Mark had a routine operation last week, which was scheduled in," Parkinson said.

"He's still not handling but is running out on the training pitch and joining in as an outfield player with the under-23 squad, so he's been keeping himself fit.

"He's going to have a week off to give him time mentally to be away, then he's going to start his handling when he comes back."

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