Injury Denied Josh Sheehan Wales Recall

  • November 09, 2021 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt has revealed Josh Sheehan was set to earn a recall to the Wales squad, only for injury to force his withdrawal.

With World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Belgium to come during the upcoming international break, Sheehan had been placed on the standby list by manager Rob Page, although injuries within the camp meant the 26-year-old was likely to link up with the rest of the squad as they plot their route to Qatar in November of next year.

Sheehan missed Bolton's FA Cup draw with Stockport County on Sunday after picking up a back problem in the Papa John's Trophy win at Rochdale the previous Tuesday and Evatt admits both he and the Welsh international staff felt it was best for the midfielder to rest up to avoid further complications.

"Josh has had a back injury from Tuesday that he picked up," Evatt told The Bolton News.

"It's been really sore. He's missed training.

"Obviously, he's been called up to the Welsh squad but we've discussed it with Wales and he's going to now stay with us because even though he's injured it's not a significant one.

"We're hopeful that we can really work on him during the early part of this week and have him available for Friday.

"Sore backs are never nice, are they, especially as a football player. You need your back to be in good condition so you can move about the pitch and unfortunately for Josh it's been very sore and he's struggled.

"It's limited his movement, but hopefully that will ease off in the next few days.

"We'll send him to the necessary people to try and get it looked at and fixed and then be available for Friday."

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