Josh Vela side-lined with ankle injury, Bolton Wanderes chairman Ken Anderson says it "does not look good"
JOSH Vela faces a number of weeks on the side-lines after scans confirmed significant damage to his ankle.
The midfielder will be sent to see a specialist this afternoon to assess surgery options on the injury sustained in the 3-2 defeat to Leeds United.
It is not yet known exactly how much football the 23-year-old will miss but Ken Anderson admitted yesterday the prognosis “does not look good.”
Vela has been a key figure for Wanderers over the last 12 months and missed just one game in league and cup last season, scoring 10 goals.
Phil Parkinson may now have to consider his options in the transfer market with three weeks remaining in the window and look for reinforcements.
He will also have to do without David Wheater for the meantime, as the centre-half struggled to overcome a back injury.
It is understood the problem has hampered him through pre-season and he will not be available for selection at Crewe in the Carabao Cup tomorrow night or in the Championship clash at Millwall this weekend.
Parkinson is looking to make several changes at Gresty Road tomorrow night with Will Buckley, Ben Alnwick, Mark Little, Derik Osede and Adam Armstrong all likely to feature.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]