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TEAM NEWS: BOLTON (H)

18 February 2021

Latest team news ahead of this weekend’s game against Bolton Wanderers.

Blues boss Mark Molesley provides updates on Simeon Akinola, Nile Ranger, Alan McCormack, Terrell Egbri, James Olayinka and Jacob Mellis.

Simeon Akinola

"You fear the worst with concussions but fortunately he’s passed all the protocols throughout the week.

"He’s taken part in training today so good news that his knock to the head wasn’t anymore problematic."

Nile Ranger

"Nile still needs to do quite a bit of work to catch up with the rest of the group. 

"Unfortunately he had a minor setback with a calf issue which has kept him out for the last 10 days, two weeks.

"I have to admit, I thought he would've picked that up much earlier on, so he did well to get that far where we’ve been pushing him so hard for him to prove how much he wanted it.

"It was probably the change in surface where we went from a heavy pitch onto an astro-turf and he felt a tweak in his calf.

"He’s settled that down and he’s now very close. Next week he will be joining in with the team training and then it’s up to him to force himself into our team and into our squad."

Alan McCormack

"Alan has trained today. We had a behind closed doors game on Monday to help top up those that needed some minutes and Alan McCormack played 45 minutes.

"He’s available for selection. We’ll have to be careful with him but he’s a great asset to have back around the squad."

Terrell Egbri

"He’s back out on the grass. His injury has been a lot more complicated than we first thought.

"Probably because he’s so explosive and hasn’t had too many injuries. He’s working out his own body and how to deal with this injury is new to him.

"He’s close to a return to training but isn’t quite there yet and we can’t take any shortcuts.

James Olayinka

"He is due to come into the building at the back end of next week which is really positive news for us.

"He’s made great strides at Arsenal and they’re hoping for the handover at the end of next week.

"That will be too soon for that game [against Salford] but he will be slowly integrated.

"It’s exciting times knowing that Terrell and James are on the cusp of coming back."

Jacob Mellis

"He played in the game on Monday and is available.

"He didn’t test positive for Covid but displayed all the symptoms so we had to follow the right protocol and you don’t take any chances until you have absolute clarification that it’s not Covid.

"He’s lacking that match fitness which is why we managed to get him because he wasn’t playing at his previous club, and was also coming back from an injury.

"Unfortunately, the illness has put him a little bit further behind in his fitness than we would have liked but he will be working hard to catch that up and it’s more competition for places which is something we’ve never had."


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