Bolton to fulfil fixture list

Bolton will play their Premier League clash with Blackburn this Saturday and the FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham, after consulting Fabrice Muamba’s family.

The Trotters called off their fixture with Aston Villa on Tuesday night due to Muamba’s ongoing health problems, but with the midfielder seemingly getting better the Reebok Stadium side have agreed to start competing again.

“Bolton Wanderers can confirm that the home Premier League fixture against Blackburn Rovers will go ahead as scheduled, kicking-off at 3pm on Saturday 24 March,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.

“Bolton Wanderers can also confirm that the FA Cup quarter-final tie against Tottenham Hotspur will be played on Tuesday 27 March. The match will take place at White Hart Lane with kick-off at 7.30pm.”

Manager Owen Coyle revealed that a careful and considered approach was taken before agreeing to fulfil the fixtures.

“We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice’s family last night.

“Fabrice’s father, Marcel, and his fiancee, Shauna, were keen that we fulfil our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight