Bolton Wanderers broke bad news about former Coventry City striker Amadou Bakayoko


WANDERERS could go without Amadou Bakayoko for several weeks after scans of a calf injury revealed more damage than initially feared.

Ian Evatt has confirmed that the former Coventry City forward is facing a longer-than-expected layoff after tearing the base of his calf in the 1-0 victory at Lincoln City on Tuesday night.

Bakayoko was taken out of the squad for Saturday’s win over Oxford United, but there were hopes he could play against Wigan Athletic in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Evatt said he would be without Bakayoko for the entire month of September.

“This is not good news to be honest, and it really is the harsh reality of football. Normally when players are feeling good it can mean two things,” he said.

“One, they’re fine, or two, the tear is big enough that it won’t cause them pain.” The more severe the tear sometimes, the less painful it is, and we’re unfortunate that he has a bit of a split soleus and Achilles tear, so he’s going to be six weeks old.

Bakayoko’s absence could now accentuate the importance of bringing in another attacking player before the week-long transfer window closes on Tuesday.

Evatt had previously indicated that he would be open to new hires, if the right person became available, but with Elias Kachunga still in great shape and Xavier Amaechi sidelined for at least a few months with a fractured metatarsal, the boss de Bolton could now turn to the loan market.

Eoin Doyle remains Bolton’s only center forward, although Kachunga and Nathan Delfouneso are also able to cover.

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