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Bolton Wanderers call off League One fixture with Doncaster for medical reasons

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 19/08/2019 Joe Bray
a boat sitting on top of a grass covered field: Bolton's League One fixture against Doncaster at the University of Bolton Stadium has been postponed. © PA Bolton's League One fixture against Doncaster at the University of Bolton Stadium has been postponed.

Bolton Wanderers have taken the decision to postpone their fixture with Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday for medical reasons, the club have confirmed.

Bolton are in administration, and sit 23rd in League One after suffering a 12 point deduction. Only neighbours Bury , also subject of a points deduction, are lower.

Phil Parkinson's side have been able to complete their first three games of the season, using a mixture of their remaining senior squad members and youth players. Last week, a team made up of predominantly U21 players secured an admirable 0-0 draw with Coventry.

But Bolton have now taken the decision to postpone their next fixture following the 5-0 defeat at Tranmere on Saturday, claiming that fulfilling the fixture would be 'detrimental' to the welfare and development of their young players.

Wanderers could now risk further sanctions from the EFL for failing to fulfil a fixture. It is the second time the club have had to postpone a scheduled game this year after their Championship game against Brentford was postponed last season after players refused to pay in a row over unpaid wages.

In a club statement, Paul Appleton, joint administrator for the club, also confirmed there has been a delay in completing the sale of the club for legal reasons.

The statement read: "It is with real regret and a deepening sense of frustration that we have been forced to postpone tomorrow's fixture against Doncaster Rovers.

"Whilst the threat of further EFL sanctions is obvious, nothing can be allowed to impact on the welfare of such a young group of players. With so many senior players injured or unavailable, the squad has performed heroically and deserves so much credit.

"But after consultation with the club's medical staff, it is obvious that to call on them for another match without an adequate break would be detrimental to both their welfare and development which cannot be allowed.

"We were able to bring in reinforcements before the match against Coventry because the deal was so close to completion. Now, following recent events,  the legal position of various parties has altered which means a delay in completion. In this situation,  it is very difficult to attract available players to the club.

I will be discussing the implications with the EFL but in the meantime, I would call on all parties involved with the acquisition of the club and hotel to end this intolerable delay and secure once and for all the future of Bolton Wanderers."

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