Big Sam allays injury fears
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nicky Hunt and Quinton Fortune should both be fit for the start of the new season.
Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Nicky Hunt and Quinton Fortune have not picked up serious injuries and should be available for the season opener against Tottenham on August 19.
Both players were withdrawn during The Trotters' pre-season friendly against Derby County at the weekend after picking up worrying-looking injuries.
Hunt looked set for a long period on the sidelines after going down with suspected medial knee ligament damage but Allardyce has now played down the injury after initially fearing the worst.
The 22-year-old is likely to miss the remainder of Bolton's pre-season matches but Allardyce is confident he will be back in action prior to the start of the new Premiership campaign.
"Initially there was grave concern that Nicky had sustained a nasty injury," he told the club's official website.
"Having assessed his knee over the weekend, I am glad to say that he should be okay to return playing in two to three weeks."
Meanwhile, Fortune will resume training later in the week after feeling tightness in his groin at Pride Park.
The former Manchester United man has been dogged by injuries during his career in England but should be okay to travel to Spain with the rest of Bolton's squad for their pre-season games next week.
"Quinton is fine and can resume training later this week," Allardyce added.