OC: City problems don't compare

OC: City problems don't compare

Published Jan. 13, 2012 1:16 p.m. ET

The Wanderers boss has seen all the recent concerns Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini has expressed about his personnel problems and can't help feeling a little bit aggrieved.

Arguably the Trotters' best two players, Stuart Holden and Chung Young-lee, have not played a game this season due to injury and Coyle will think himself lucky if either make it onto the field before the Premier League campaign reaches its conclusion.

At one point, the Bolton boss counted 10 major injuries, including leg breaks and cruciate ligament problems, that shattered his squad.

Little wonder they have spent the year scrapping against relegation.


"There is no getting away from it. We know where our problem has been," he said.

"We have had so many top players out injured it is incredible. People talk about Manchester City and the personnel problems they are having. We have been coping with that since the start of the season.

"Not a word is said about us though because we are not as big a story.

"But if anything, it hits us harder because at our level we simply just cannot pluck out another Stuart Holden like the bigger clubs might be able to do."

Coyle reported that Tyrone Mears, a summer arrival from old club Burnley, might be back in about three weeks as he continues his recovery from a broken leg.

However, he accepts the defender is going to require a minimum of three reserve games to gain full match fitness after so long on the sidelines.

Veteran keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is even nearer a return.

However, Coyle is wary about pushing the Finn too hard just in case he aggravates his thigh injury, so Adam Bogdan is likely to start against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

After delivering so much last term, at one stage his side were eighth and reached the FA Cup semi-final, Coyle's assessment of their present status is pretty stark.

"We know what we have got to do," he said.

"Come the end of the season we must not be in the bottom three.

"Then we will be a fantastic position to move on. It is as simple as that."

Bolton will almost certainly have to achieve their quest without star man Gary Cahill, who seems destined for Chelsea, even if the £7million move is proving frustratingly slow to complete.

USA international Tim Ream has been lined up as Cahill's replacement and further new arrivals are planned as Coyle looks to bolster his squad as they begin a tough run of fixtures.

"With a couple of players we have sold and another few we have let go, I have not spent a penny overall since I have been here," said Coyle.

"I am not a manager who has gone out and spent a £30million budget.

"But I believe in this group of players and I believe we will get out of trouble. That is what we must continue to work towards."