Bolton Wanderers v Lincoln City: Optimistic manager amid Liverpool loan illness
Wanderers are hoping Conor Bradley recovers from illness to feature in Saturday’s League One game against Lincoln City.
The loanee Liverpool defender was out with Northern Ireland, playing just over an hour in the 3-1 defeat in Greece.
But Ian Evatt has confirmed the 19-year-old has said he is not feeling well in the Irish camp and will not return to Lostock until the end of the week.
“Matt Barrass has received a report from the national teams involved on the health of our players,” the Bolton boss said.
“Conor Bradley has been a little sick but they don’t see that being a problem for Saturday so in terms of injuries we’re fine, there’s just a bit of sickness so hopefully that’s okay. All the others are fit and ready to go.
The majority of the Wanderers squad reported back to Lostock yesterday, with Evatt saying it had been one of the ‘sharpest’ sessions since he was at the club.
His international contingent won’t be back in the fold for another 24 hours, however, in preparation for Lincoln’s visit.
“We haven’t seen them yet,” he said. “Conor won’t be back with us until Friday, and it will be the same for everyone. Dion, Conor, Owen Beck and Baka (Amadou Bakayoko) will all be back here on Friday.
Bakayoko has been on duty with Sierra Leone, playing games against South Africa and DR Congo, and Evatt admits he is worried about his striker’s fitness after such an extended trip.
“I know in the summer he really suffered and struggled with the amount of travel, but that’s the sacrifice he wants to make to play for his country and all the credit goes to him,” he said . “We’ll be watching how he’s doing when he comes back and I know he’s had some good old slogs, so we’ll see.”
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson stayed at home rather than join Iceland, having recently recovered from a hamstring injury.
Boasting 64 caps for his country, the former Reading and Wolves man was not selected for his country’s matches against Venezuela and Albania after talks with national coaches.
Evatt believes the experienced striker has taken advantage of the break and now looks ready to take on Lincoln, if called upon.
“It’s a great honor for Iceland to have had conversations with Jon,” he said. “I spoke to him yesterday and it was the first time in years that he managed to spend time with his family during an international break. Normally he travels around the world, and that can have a huge impact on a player.
“Spending those extra days with family number one keeps wives happy, but also number two gives her time to relax, refresh, regroup and go again. He fired on all cylinders.