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Bakayoko Back In Business

Frontman could return to add further strength to Wanderers' ranks

30 September 2021

Amadou Bakayoko could be back on Saturday as Wanderers look to keep firing on all cylinders.

Bakayoko has missed Wanderers’ last seven League One games with a calf problem.

But the summer signing is back in the frame faster than expected and could be added to the squad to face Shrewsbury Town.

And with winger Lloyd Isgrove also set to return after missing the mid-week win at Charlton with a head injury, manager Ian Evatt will have extra attacking options at his disposal as his side looks to pick up the points at the University of Bolton Stadium and threaten a move back into the top six.

“Baka has trained fully today and came through fine,” confirmed Evatt.

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“He actually looked like he’s never been away, which is good news for us.

“Hopefully he doesn’t have any adverse reaction tomorrow and we can have him involved at some point on Saturday.

“Issy is available. We’ve been cautious with his heading because the cut is still there but it’s healing all the time and he’s back available as well.

“We’ve had a few injuries at that top end of the pitch. But the lads who have been playing have been playing out of their skin and doing the best they can.

“Credit to them, but the more options the better for us.”

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Xavier Amaechi is also potentially just a month away from returning with the on-loan winger given the all-clear to return to grass training next week as he returns from a broken bone in his foot.

And Evatt is pleased at how Wanderers’ squad strength is paying off as a side showing four changes to the starting line-up able to overwhelm Charlton in mid-week to further enhance the best away record in the division.

He added: “That’s one thing we concentrated on in the summer, trying to get a competitive squad and more depth to it.

“The lads who came in did fantastically well on Tuesday. That’s what we expect.

“We’re a group where we trust them all and we think they can all come in and not necessarily weaken the team, which is good for us.”


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