Owen Coyle praises the wounded Wanderers fighting for survival

Coyle praises the wounded Wanderers fighting for survival



18:16 GMT, 26 April 2012

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has praised his troops for putting their bodies on the line in the club's time of need.

Coyle has been forced to endure a
wretched season on the injury front that has played a key role in the
club's season-long fight to beat the drop.

Injury concern: Bolton midfielder Chris Eagles

Injury concern: Bolton midfielder Chris Eagles

Lee Chung-yong has been sidelined for the entire campaign after breaking a leg; Stuart Holden and Tyrone Mears have made just an appearance each due to serious knee injuries, whilst Ricardo Gardner has missed all but one month because of a hip-thigh problem.

Add in Fabrice Muamba's recent cardiac arrest during a match, as well as number of other injury woes, and Coyle could be forgiven for thinking lady luck is not on his side this season.

But after collecting 13 points from the last seven matches, the club have a strong chance of survival, with Coyle thanking those who are playing through the pain barrier.

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Sunderland, Coyle has more injury worries as he said: 'I've six players who were involved against Aston Villa (in Tuesday's 2-1 win) that can't train today.

Up for it: Owen Coyle

Up for it: Owen Coyle

'But I'm hoping we can patch a few of them up and get them out there on Saturday.

'It's not rocket science to know Chris Eagles came off with an injury (at Villa).

'Mark Davies was touch and go to play beforehand, managed to come through it, but he's another one who is doubtful.

'Ryo Miyaichi received a bang on his shoulder, and then one or two others who came into the game have taken knocks.

'Another one or two are ongoing who have played through injury for the team, but that's the spirit we've got, so hopefully we can get a number of them available.

'Whoever is available, what I do know is that group are prepared to do everything they can to keep this wonderful football club in the Premier League

'Aside from the 11 that started, we've everybody champing at the bit to play games.

'There are a host of lads desperate to be in the starting line- up, to play their part and keep us up, and that's a good thing to have as a manager.'

Coyle, meanwhile, has confirmed FIFA now have the necessary paperwork to prove Gregg Wylde is clear to play for the club.

Wylde has been left kicking his heels on the sidelines for the last month since being signed by Coyle on a free transfer from Rangers after the Glasgow club went into administration.

Coyle is adamant Bolton, assisted by administrators Duff and Phelps, have categorically proven Wylde was made redundant and is owed money by Rangers

The Scot is now hopeful FIFA will act quickly, so allowing winger Wylde to play his part in the club's relegation fight over the last four matches.

'We've now sent the necessary paperwork, in conjunction with the administrators at Rangers, to show Gregg was not paid for three or four weeks before he left,' said Coyle.

'We've clearly shown he was made redundant, that it was not a mutual decision, that Gregg is owed money, that he never left with any money.

'Hopefully now, with the necessary paperwork having been lodged, FIFA can give us clearance to have Gregg involved in the last few games.

'All we can do now is await their decision. I wish I could tell you the decision is going to be today, but I can't tell you that.

'As soon as I know, you will, because it will allow Gregg to be involved in the squad.'