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Bolton Wanderers snap up Lloyd Dyer after Sammy Ameobi’s injury

Championship side Bolton Wanderers have quickly taken the option to sign Lloyd Dyer on a short-term basis after it was confirmed that Sammy Ameobi had sustained a serious ankle injury. Ameobi suffered the damage during the recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Queens Park Rangers and initial suggestions claimed that he could return in about a months’ time.

However, after a thorough examination of the damage, manager Phil Parkinson has confirmed that the former Newcastle United graduate could miss up to six weeks and this played a part in their decision to sign Dyer on a free transfer, he said: “With Sammy’s injury lay off being longer than we first anticipated, it was important that we have more options. Lloyd’s experience of playing as a left wing back will give us more cover if we decide to play with a back three.”

“Dyer had opted against extending his stay with Burton after the completion of the previous campaign“ where they were relegated from the Championship. The 36-year-old had thereafter attracted interest from several clubs in League One but the Trotters have managed to convince him to head to the “University of Bolton Stadium“ by offering a short-term deal until the end of the year.

The versatile attacker has been working on his fitness during the vacant time without any club but Bolton assistant Steve Parkin has suggested that the veteran won’t make the game against Derby County this weekend as he has yet to get up to speed for the demands of the Championship, he said: “Probably not. He needs to be brought up to speed. We know what he’s about. We watched quite a lot of him over the summer. He’s a wide player and wing-back who can get goals, seems like a smashing lad and I think he’ll be a good signing for us. He’s a very fit lad for his age, so I don’t think people should read too much into that.”