Straight-talking Steinsson won't blame injuries

Sun, 01 Jan 14:43:10 2012

Bolton cannot blame injuries for their Barclays Premier League struggles and must "man up" to get themselves out of trouble, according to full-back Gretar Steinsson.

The Trotters began 2012 at the bottom of the table after they could only draw 1-1 with Wolves at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday while Blackburn beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.

It was only Bolton's fourth point at home this season but there was some good news with their goal scored by full-back Sam Ricketts on his return from more than 10 months out with a ruptured Achilles.

Boss Owen Coyle has consistently referred to his injury list in explaining their poor start to the season, with the likes of Stuart Holden, Lee Chung-yong, Sean Davis and Tyrone Mears all long-term absentees. While acknowledging that has not helped their cause, Iceland international Steinsson believes the players who have been available should have been more than good enough to keep them out of the bottom three.

He said: "It's really good for the squad to get these players back. Sean is back again too and he's a fantastic player that unfortunately we never really saw at his best when he came to Bolton.

"Tyrone Mears is coming back, Chung is coming back and unfortunately we have to wait a little bit longer for Stuart but these are really good players and their absence definitely makes it harder on the team. But nevertheless the players are good enough that are available at the moment and we've got into this situation by ourselves, not because anyone was injured."


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