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Bolton boss Megson grateful to have Davies available

Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson will welcome back Kevin Davies for their clash with Sunderland.

Megson said: "Kevin is an important member of the squad and, more so, the team.

"But a lot was made of the fact Kevin was suspended from the two games, and he had broken his hand anyway.

"He played ever so well in his last game, West Ham, but in the period where the pundits would tell you we were going to really struggle because Kevin was not there, we took four points away from home, which we hadn't done all season.

"So a lot of people have rolled their sleeves up and taken over the mantle from Kevin - but it will be nice to have him back."

On-loan Southampton forward Grzegorz Rasiak has led the line in the past two matches but Davies is likely to go straight back into the side.

There were concerns his hand injury might have kept him out further but Megson claims there was no real fear of that.

He added: "He's been training for the last three or four days and his hand seems fine, but it was always going to be. He'll play regardless."

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