Alonso to step up return bid

The Spanish left-back has been out of action since breaking a foot

in August, but his latest scan showed the bone has healed. And the

20-year-old will now step up his comeback with a reserve-team

outing in the coming weeks. He told the Bolton News: “I am doing

all I can to get back as soon as possible. The scan came out all

clear and the doctor said I am making really good progress. “I have

started running now and hopefully I will be back in full training

with the squad in one to two weeks. Alonso will be followed back in

due course by fellow defender Sam Ricketts – out since February

with a ruptured Achilles – but boss Owen Coyle said: “Sam is

getting closer but there is no sense rushing him.”