Bolton's Lee Chung-yong out for nine months with broken leg

Lee Chung-yong
Lee went off during the first half of Bolton's 3-1 friendly victory

Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong will be out for at least nine months after breaking his leg in Saturday's pre-season friendly win at Newport County.

The South Korean, 23, underwent a successful operation after sustaining a double fracture of his lower right leg.

He was carried off on a stretcher midway through the first half following a challenge from Tom Miller.

"We will make sure Chung-yong gets all the support he needs," Bolton boss Owen Coyle told the club website.external-link

"Now it is all about his recovery and his well-being, that is the most important thing. The operation went well and we would like to pass on our thanks to the medical staff involved."

Lee, a South Korea international, joined Bolton from FC Seoul in the summer of 2009.

Bolton won the match 3-1 at Newport's Spytty Park thanks to a Ivan Klasnic double and a Miller own goal.

Elliott Buchanan had given Blue Square Bet Premier side Newport the lead before Bolton took control.