Bolton Wanderers to learn extent of winger’s injury as potential MJ Williams replacement unearthed

Bolton Wanderers are to learn the extent of winger Lloyd Isgrove’s hamstring strain which forced him off of the win against Doncaster Rovers.

The player had to come off not long after half an hour of the 3-0 midweek victory against the Yorkshire side.

After some early scares from the visitors, Eoin Doyle put Bolton ahead after the half-hour mark, before Donny were reduced to 10 men when Joe Olowu was shown a straight red card for a poor challenge on Dapo Afolayan.

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Elias Kachunga put Wanderers two goals to the good before half-time, while George Thomason’s deflected effort added a third after the break and cap off a 3-0 victory.

Isgrove was replaced by George Johnston and Evatt admitted after the game that Wanderers were yet to learn the extent of the winger’s injury.

A scan will take place and with the current injury struggles at Wanderers, Evatt joked that the League One club ought to buy their own equipment.

He said: “We’ll get it scanned and see what it is.

“I think the amount of money we’re spending on scans at the moment, we can probably buy our own, so let’s see how it develops.”

Johnston went into the holding midfield role in the absence of MJ Williams, will left-back Liam Gordon played at right-back and both were among several players to impress in the victory.

Evatt was impressed with the duo’s efforts and believes that Gordon must believe in his ability going forward, while the Bolton boss believes there is no reason why Johnston cannot fill Williams’ boots for the meantime.

He said: “Needs must and credit to him that he just got on with it and got his head down. When he’s (Gordon) positive and he believes in his ability in himself, he’s a good player.

“I think he (Johnston) can do it and obviously it’s not his natural position but his attitude is first class. He’s talented and technical enough to be able to do it, so there’s no reason why he can’t fill in there while MJ’s missing.”

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