2016/17 FA Cup
Published: 11:55 18/02/2011
Bolton manager Owen Coyle received another major blow with the news that his central defender Sam Ricketts is out for the rest of the season after medics confirmed the player has a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Ricketts suffered the injury when playing against Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round replay at the DW Stadium on Wednesday where he left the field on a stretcher after going down before the hour mark. It was obvious at the time his problem was serious and Ricketts will undergo surgery on his injured ankle on Friday.
At Friday’s press conference, Coyle said: "Unfortunately Sam's ruptured his Achilles and he'll be operated on today but the likelihood is he'll be missing for about six months, which is an incredible blow first and foremost to Sam, because he's been outstanding for us. Our immediate thoughts are with him for a speedy recovery and we'll just have to get on with it. It was totally innocuous and it's a real shame because he's a terrific lad as well as a fantastic footballer."
The news couldn’t come at a worse time for the Bolton manager who was told earlier in the week that fellow defender Zat Knight would be out for up to six weeks due to knee ligament damage.
Knight was pulled off after 28 minutes of last Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win against Everton at the Reebok and has had another assessment of his injury, Coyle added: "He's making progress but we still expect Zat to be missing for six weeks, which is not ideal but that's the nature of football with the speed the game's played at at this level. It's a crying shame for both lads because they've been in terrific form."
Bolton travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday, Fulham shocked Tottenham with four first half goals in their fourth round tie which the home side held to win 4-0 at the final whistle.