Ian Evatt is hopeful the injury suffered by Shola Shoretire in Bolton's win over Charlton isn't a serious one.
Manchester United starlet Shoretire has joined play-off-chasing Bolton Wanderers on loan for the rest of the season to gain some valuable first-team experience after falling behind the pecking order at Old Trafford. Erik ten Hag rates the versatile forward highly and blocked a potential loan exit in the summer in order to oversee his development, but with the likes of Alejandro Garnacho, Kobbie Mainoo and Facundo Pellistri overtaking him in the ranks he has now been allowed to leave.
Shoretire has made a bright start to life at Wanderers as he has put in impressive displays in his first two starts against Forest Green and Charlton. The 18-year-old has already dazzled with his quick feet and incisive passing but his afternoon at the Valley on Saturday ended in disappointment.
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The Newcastle native was forced off the field in the 56th minute after suffering an injury that had him clutching his back and limping to the dugout. Bolton boss Evatt has provided an update on his condition.
“Shola was just a bang on his back and it has gone into spasm. I don’t think it is too bad but you never know, so we’ll pray for that one,” he told the Bolton News.
“George is an ankle injury. It doesn’t seem really bad but, again, I don’t want to tempt fate because those innocuous ones can be worse than we first feared.
“The new boys showed us what they are going to bring to the table as well, so it was a really pleasing day.”
Evatt was full of praise for Shoretire after his full debut on Tuesday and again moved to hail the United academy graduate. He added: “We played some really good stuff at times and should have scored more goals. ‘Shoulda woulda coulda,' we have heard that a lot this season but we looked a real threat and Shola was electric first half when we got him on the ball.”