Mark Howard: Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper faces up to three months out

Mark Howard
Mark Howard (far left) came through the youth system at Arsenal

Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Mark Howard could be out for 12 weeks with a broken thumb and ligament damage suffered in their League One loss at Peterborough.

Howard suffered the injury in a collision with Posh striker Shaquile Coulthirst in Sunday's 1-0 defeat.

The 30-year-old joined Bolton in the summer from Sheffield United and had started every league game so far.

"To lose someone of his quality is a blow for us," manager Phil Parkinson told the club website.

"But it is also an opportunity for Ben Alnwick to stake his claim for a place in the team."

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