When Preston North End loaned Josh Earl to Bolton Wanderers at the start of the season, things were looking up. However, 14 minutes into the Wycombe clash, the defender tore his ankle ligaments. The 20-year-old has been out of action ever since. Now he’s back in training.
At Preston, he made 33 appearances before being loaned out to Lancaster City. Now he’s part of the Bolton squad who are working hard to escape their point deduction.
He was looking forward to being a part of a squad that would be making a difference. The injury he picked up was unfortunate and a lot of young players had to step up at Bolton.
It’s nice to see him back in training now. A lot of players who have been a part of Bolton over the years have always credited them for looking after injuries. Having another player as an option for Keith Hill is also great.
However, Hill has had his players working extremely hard since he arrived. You can tell in Bolton’s performances that training is working. The only negative is, Earl will have to ease himself into this style of play.
While he will have to be careful in training, he will also be under pressure to play catch up. Being physically fit is something Hill has been working on but the 20-year-old has missed out on this.
Even though he’s back in training and taking it easy, the injury could still be causing him problems. I’m sure he will be worked back into the squad at his own pace although fans will hope it will be sooner rather than later.
When he does make his return, it will be a sensible decision to have him on the bench. Bolton has had a series of solid performances. Their defence has been a lot better but Earl could offer some relief to a few of the squad.