Why Bolton Wanderers are not using emergency loans as the question of injury deferrals is raised

Bolton Wanderers are unable to take advantage of the emergency loan market amid their current injury problems as it only applies to goalkeepers as talks are considered with the EFL to explore the potential for canceled matches due to their current situation.

Wanderers are in the midst of an injury crisis which Evatt calls “unprecedented” in his career with several first-team players ruled out for the foreseeable future due to injury.

These include Josh Sheehan, MJ Williams, Amadou Bakayoko, Gethin Jones, Andrew Tutte, Harry Brockbank, Alex Baptiste and more recently Lloyd Isgrove.

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This means Wanderers have a significantly reduced selection of first-team players Evatt can choose from at present and only six replacements were named in the club’s last game against Doncaster Rovers.

Wanderers are preparing to wait until the January transfer window to bring in reinforcements for the time being and Evatt explained that they cannot use the emergency loan market as it only applies to goalkeepers, a department where Wanderers are blessed with options.

But the Bolton boss admits he has spoken with football secretary Simon Marland about the club’s current injury spell and how games are being called off due to Covid-19 outbreaks and breast infections first-team squads, but injuries or other illnesses seem to be overlooked and business as usual.

Evatt believes the rules should be the same across the board and discussions with the EFL may need to take place over this, although he believes Wanderers are still in a position to put together a competitive squad in the current state of affairs.

He said: “We looked at everything (emergency loans) but it doesn’t apply to outfield players – only goalkeepers. I would like to loan out quite a few players at the moment to give us some strength and depth, but we can’t. It is what it is.

“There are a lot of things in this game that don’t make sense to me, but we’re here, so let’s go.

“I was having a conversation with Simon Marland about this earlier. Games get canceled all the time for Covid, but how do you separate Covid from significant injuries or illnesses. For me the rules should be the same across the board and we are really hurting right now.

“We’ll have to take a look at it and see and maybe talk with the league, but right now we can always put a team there and we still think that team will be competitive, so let’s just focus on that. It will be a really very difficult period until January.

“As a football club, we all have to stick together and do our best. It’s unprecedented. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my entire career, let alone my managerial career, so siege mentality, stick together and do your best.

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