Bolton manager Owen Coyle could be forced to turn to untested 18-year-old Josh Vela for Wednesday morning's (AEST) crunch relegation clash with Aston Villa.
Bolton goes into the match - the first of two games in hand it enjoys over its relegation rivals - in 19th spot, and Coyle concedes his side is struggling for numbers in the middle of the park after a "freak season" for injuries.
Having approached the campaign with a variety of central midfield options, Bolton now has just one fully fit senior player in the position in the shape of
If Davies is ruled out he would join the likes of
Reflecting on the fitness problems that have left his side battling for its Premier League future, Coyle said: "We're decimated for numbers again.
"(If not) I think I'm left with
"This has been a real freak season, starting in pre-season with the cruciate ligaments and the leg breaks and culminating in a number of other things that have happened. We've probably been dealt a lot of uncontrollables.
"It won't faze us because he [Vela] has the ability."
Coyle's threadbare squad may be tested to the limit with the extra fixture burden it faces, but he sees the positives in having more games and more points to play for than his rivals.
"There are six points available from the games in hand. If you told me we'd get six points from those games, you'd do somersaults to get them," he said.
"We'd have loved to have those points in the bag, but we have the opportunity and we have to maximise that opportunity.
"We have to make sure we are ready to give five big performances and pick up enough points to stay in the league.
"The bottom line is that we decide our own fate."
While Bolton is primarily fighting Blackburn, QPR and Wigan for survival, Villa is still vulnerable in 15th.
Coyle added: "What I think you'll see is two teams going all out to win the match because we realise how important three points are at this stage of the season."
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