Phil Parkinson's comments on injured Bolton defender Andy Taylor will please fans

Hughie Fury chats with Zach Clough, Andrew Taylor and Craig Noone of Bolton during a media workout at Bolton Wanderers FC Academy on March 21, 2018 in Bolton, England.

Bolton Wanderers’ Andy Taylor has been sorely missed during his injury layoff.

Phil Parkinson manager of Bolton Wanderers during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Bolton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Macron Stadium on January 6, 2018 in Bolton,...

Bolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has raised hopes of Andrew Taylor making his first-team return after the international break following a lengthy spell side-lined with a calf injury, the Bolton News report.

“We’re hoping Andy Taylor will be fit for when we come back from the international break," Parkinson said.

"The injury has been a bit trickier than we first thought. At first we thought it was a slight muscle strain but a scan showed some tendon damage. He has been working hard in the gym and he’s got time now to show he’s ready for that first game."

 

How badly have Bolton missed Andrew Taylor?

Taylor started the season as Bolton’s first-choice left-back, and in his five games prior to picking up his calf injury the Trotters picked up three wins and two draws.

The 32-year-old helped Bolton defeat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns on the opening day of the campaign while also playing a key role in the club’s 1-0 wins over Reading and Birmingham City.

But after injuring his calf in the 2-2 draw at Preston, Taylor was replaced by fellow left-back Jonathan Grounds who moved to the University of Bolton Stadium on a season-long loan deal from Birmingham.

Hughie Fury poses with(l-r) Zach Clough, Andrew Taylor, Craig Noone and William Buckley of Bolton during a media workout at Bolton Wanderers FC Academy on March 21, 2018 in Bolton, England.

With Grounds in the team, Bolton have won just one in seven league games, conceding 10 goals with the latest against Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers in the 1-0 home defeat largely being his fault.

Grounds has had a torrid time so far during his loan spell at Bolton, with some supporters recently taking to Twitter to slam his performances labelling him a ‘liability’ and claiming he will ‘single handily get Bolton relegated this season’.

It’s clear the Birmingham loanee isn’t the most popular player among fans at Bolton, and with results so much better with Taylor in the starting XI, the news of his impending return will surely go down well with supporters.

Bolton’s next fixture is at a potential Championship relegation rival in Rotherham United.

Bolton Wanderers' Jonathan Grounds during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road on September 22, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

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