Bolton winger Sammy Ameobi could be out for up to six weeks after suffering ankle ligament damage, as The Trotters were beaten 2-1 at home by Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Ameobi sustained the injury early on in the match after he turned awkwardly, but attempted to stay on the field, before eventually hobbling off and being replaced by Yanic Wildschut ten minutes before the break.

The injury will mean the former Newcastle United attacker faces a second injury lay off in the early stages of the season, after he missed Bolton’s draw at home to Bristol City and win at Reading, after picking up an injury at West Brom on the opening day of the season. His absence will be a blow to Phil Parkinson’s side with Ameobi capable of unlocking defences and making a difference in tight matches.

The 26-year-old was a key member of Bolton’s side that secured Championship safety on the final day of last season, scoring four goals, all of which earned Bolton vital points, in 36 appearances. He already has a goal to his name this season, after netting Bolton’s opening goal as they came from two goals behind to claim a point at Preston.

Speaking to The Bolton News Parkinson said, “He’s got ankle ligament damage so that’s obviously a blow. ”When teams sit in against you he’s the type of player who can unlock the door.”

Bolton have a good replacement for Ameobi in the form of Wildschut, the former Norwich City winger will now have an opportunity to nail down a place in Parkinson’s starting line-up in the coming weeks, starting with a trip to Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

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