BOLTON NEED TEMPORARY KEEPER
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Banks incurred the injury in a training ground accident, meaning manager Sam Allardyce had to recall Finnish international Jussi Jaaskelainen for the Worthington Cup win over Nottingham Forest - after originally being given the night off.
"I dislocated my little finger the week before the Watford play-off final in 1999, which I played in, and this should be no worse than that," said Banks.
"I managed to pop it back in within 10 minutes of coming off the training pitch and we've had X-rays and made sure I haven't broken it. So it shouldn't be a problem."
Bolton now face the prospect of playing Newcastle at The Reebok on Saturday with only one goalkeeper and so Allardyce is now busy looking for temporary cover.
"We don't think it's as serious as first thought. It went back into the socket pretty easily," said Allardyce. "Now it depends on the swelling.
"We'll assess the situation and look round both in this country and in Europe for a short term goalkeeper but Steve won't be so long, maybe just a week or so."
One player already linked is Rosenborg third choice Jorn Jamtfall, but that seems an unlikely option.