Injury woe for Trotter Mears

The 28-year-old defender, who completed his signing from Burnley

alongside Clarets team-mate Chris Eagles on Friday, will now miss

several months of the new season. Manager Owen Coyle told the

club’s official website: “Ty went in for a challenge and

unfortunately suffered the injury. “It was desperately unlucky for

him and we will make sure that he is fully supported in his

rehabilitation. “He will go for a check and an assessment in a

month and that will indicate more accurately the timescale for his

recovery.” Mears, who was pencilled in to take the right-back slot

for Wanderers this season, has instead become the club’s third

long-term absentee and second player to break his leg in

pre-season. The Trotters’ 2010/11 player of the year Stuart Holden

suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in March and fellow

midfielder Lee Chung-yong was ruled out for a minimum of nine

months after breaking his right leg in a friendly against Newport.

Gretar Steinsson and Sam Ricketts are available to provide cover

for Mears, but boss Owen Coyle may be persuaded to add to his squad

after losing another first-teamer.