Bolton Wanderers are hopeful of having Conor Bradley available before the weekend's clash against Lincoln City owing to sickness picked up while on Northern Ireland duty.
The Liverpool loanee has been away with his country for UEFA Nations League games against Kosovo and Greece. Bradley started both matches for Ian Baraclough's side.
He is now due to return to Wanderers for this weekend's clash against Lincoln City in League One. Though the 19-year-old has picked up some slight sickness while on international duty, Wanderers are hopeful it will not keep him out of the clash.
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Boss Ian Evatt said: “Matt Barrass has had a report from the national teams that have been involved about the health of our players. Conor Bradley has a little bit of sickness yesterday, but they don’t envisage it being problem for Saturday so in terms of injuries, it’s fine, just a little bit of illness for Conor. Other than that, everyone is fit and ready to go.”
Other players who have been away have been Dion Charles, also with Northern Ireland. As well as the striker, James Trafford has been with England under-21s, Owen Beck with Wales under-21s and Amadou Bakayoko with Sierra Leone.
Striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson did not go away with Iceland and Evatt believes this move has benefitted the striker. All of those away on international duty are due to be back at Bolton on Friday, and with the travel Bakayoko has had over the past week, a decision will be made on if he will be involved on not upon his return.
Evatt said: “We haven’t seen them yet – he won’t be back with us until Friday, and it will be the same for them all. Dion, Conor, Owen Beck and Baka will all be back here for Friday.
“I know in the summer he (Bakayoko) really suffered and struggled with the amount of travelling but that is the sacrifice he wants to make to play for his country and every credit to him. We will monitor how he is when he gets back and I know he has had some fair old slogs, so we will see.
“It is great credit to Iceland that they have been having conversations with Jon. I spoke to him yesterday and it was the first time in years that he managed to have some time with his family on an international break. Normally he is travelling around the world, and that can have a huge impact on a player.
“Spending those extra days with the family number one keeps the wives happy but also number two gives him time to relax, refresh, regroup and go again. He’s been firing on all cylinders.”
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