Davis ready to make an impact
Injury-hit midfielder Sean Davis finally believes he is ready to launch his Bolton career.
The 32-year-old is targeting a return to first-team action in January after more than two years of problems with his knee. Davis joined the Trotters from Portsmouth in the summer of 2009 but made just four appearances before getting injured in a game against Liverpool - in which he was also sent off - in August that year.
He has since endured a series of operations and aborted comebacks but, after training with the reserves for the past month, he feels he is at last getting close to fitness. Davis told the club's website, www.bwfc.co.uk: "Now I've come through a few games, I feel like I'm almost there."
He added: "It's been hard. I'm very much the forgotten man. It's been embarrassing at times. Saying that, I know I've got a strong character to prove a lot of people wrong.
"My aim now is to give the gaffer a headache. I want to keep progressing in training and for the reserves, and then get myself registered in the first-team squad come January."
Davis admits there were times when he wondered if he would ever play again.
He said: "There's been so many long days of doubting whether you're ever going to play football again.
"But, you keep working hard and hoping that there's going to be some light at the end of the tunnel."
Davis' possible return could give Owen Coyle's side a lift as they battle to pull away from the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. The Trotters are a lowly 19th in the table after winning just four matches.
Davis said: "Obviously the team are down near the bottom of the league at the moment. I've been through that experience before when I joined Portsmouth and hopefully we can use the team spirit to get out this situation."