Championship side Bolton Wanderers have been hit by a treble injury nightmare that has left three players facing a lengthy spell out of action.

Striker Zach Clough and veteran defender Kevin McNaughton are both out until the end of the season, scans have revealed. David Wheater is also out for eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

Forward Clough has emerged as one of the brightest youngsters at the Macron Stadium since his January debut and has scored six times in his ten senior appearances. Cardiff loanee McNaughton has had a tougher time at Wanderers making only thirteen appearances since his July signing.

All three players were injured in the 1-1 draw with Reading on Tuesday with youngster Clough suffering a dislocated shoulder and defender McNaughton fracturing his right fibula. Boss Neil Lennon talked to BBC Radio Manchester after the game and described the referee’s performance as “appalling” adding:

“Kevin McNaughton gets booted in front of the linesman who doesn’t see it – how he can’t see it I don’t know. Zach Clough has dislocated his shoulder because he got booted from behind and the referee has waved play on.We’re hanging by a thread at the minute in terms of players so we might have to move into the transfer market and try to get some loans in.”

The Trotters are 17th in the table and face Blackburn Rovers next Wednesday.


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