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Wanderers are hoping that Nat Ogbeta’s injury, which prompted him to withdraw from the team’s match against Port Vale on Saturday, is not serious.

The winger limped out of the warm-up at Toughsheet Stadium and was replaced by Randell Williams.

After the 2-0 victory, Ian Evatt was enthusiastic about Ogbeta’s return to his former loan club Peterborough United on the final day of the season.

“We don’t think it is too serious,” he went on to say. “He definitely had a major thigh injury before coming to us, and this is the opposite thigh, but it has most likely made him extremely cautious when he feels certain things. He felt a pain in his thigh during the warm-up, and there is a mark and some bruising, but he does not recall any contact in the game on Tuesday.

“We decided it was probably best to be overly careful and take him out. Thankfully, Randell stepped in and was fantastic.

“We are hopeful that it is nothing serious.”

Ricardo Santos is set to face his former team on the final day after missing the previous two games to rest a persistent calf strain.

Evatt feels his club captain will return to full duty at Lostock this week and will be ready to travel back to London Road.

“He’s fine,” the manager explained. “You could probably tell from what I said in the press on Thursday that he wasn’t going to play, but he’s in terrific shape, his injury is OK, and he’s ready to have a full week of training next week and prepare for Peterborough.

“Rico is one of those who has to play to gain momentum and move forward. We’re thrilled he’s back in shape.”

Caleb Taylor, on loan from West Brom, made his first start for Bolton since February as Santos’ deputy and was complimented for his performance.

“He did really well,” Evat stated. “They are two really physical forwards, and I remember playing against Uche about ten years ago and coming away with two fractured ribs. He is a genuine challenge and a physical test. I think Caleb, for such a young man, handled it admirably.”

Wanderers concluded the regular season at home with a lap of appreciation for the fans, and will hope to give them something to cheer about in the coming weeks in the play-offs.

Evatt went on to say, “This is a fantastic football club with brilliant supporters, and we are doing everything we can to please and make them happy because they deserve it after all they’ve been through. We know what we need to do to make them very happy, but it was critical that we finish the league season here with a win. Overall, we’ve had some excellent performances and results this season.”

 

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