Dean Moxey eyeing up first team return

Defender speaks to after making return from injury for Bolton Under-21s

Having completed over an hour for Bolton Wanderers Under-21s against Barnsley on Tuesday night, Dean Moxey is keen to return to first team duties as soon as possible.

A frustrated figure on the sidelines in recent weeks, the defender had been an ever-present for the Whites during the opening months of the campaign before finally conceding defeat to an ongoing toe injury which left him unable to train. 

Now closing in on a first team return having missed the last two months of the season, Moxey is eager to make up for lost time and help Bolton climb the table.

“It’s great for me to finally get back,” the 29-year-old told “It’s been very frustrating but the medical team have worked fantastically with me over the last few months. I now can’t wait to push on and get back in the first team.

“It was nice to get some minutes under my belt. Obviously I would have liked to have played a bit more but my lungs wouldn’t let me do it. I felt good in the first half, a bit rusty at times but that is to be expected. 

“It was good to play with the young lads too. They are a great passing team and are really confident on the ball. 

“Fingers crossed I can get some more minutes under my belt soon and it won’t be long before I’m back challenging for a place in the first team.”

Moxey continued: “The gaffer said I was playing well at the time. I had eight games with a painkilling injection in my foot just to play, but that took its toll and unfortunately made the injury worse. 

“I just needed to take a step back and get the toe and foot right. Fingers crossed I can get back to the level I was playing before.

“I’m not sure if I’ll be involved against Cardiff. That’s down to the manager. It might be too soon for me but I’ll see what he says on Thursday. I hope that I’d be ready to come back but it’s too early to say. 

“It’s tough for everyone at the moment but we’ve got to stick together as a team, as a squad and as a whole club. 

“We need the fans to keep with us and we’re going to do our best on the pitch, carry on playing our football and try and win some more points.” 

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