O'Brien pleased with progress

Trotters midfielder prepared to be patient on road to recovery

O'Brien: Edging towards full fitness

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Joey O'Brien is pleased with how his rehabilitation is going following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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The Bolton midfielder came through an hour-long run-out for the club's reserves on Tuesday evening unscathed.

That game represented the second time he has been able to get much-needed minutes under his belt in as many weeks, having also turned out in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Molde.

The Republic of Ireland international is now looking to step up his recovery and push towards a first-team recall.

He has not been involved in Owen Coyle's plans since pre-season, with a setback at the start of the campaign leaving him requiring knee surgery.

O'Brien is, however, confident that he is over his injury nightmare and back on the right track.

Slowly

He told Bolton's official website: "This is my second 60 minutes in the last week so it's been good. I've been out a long time so hopefully I can stay on the pitch.

"It was good to have someone like Tamir [Cohen] out there with me and it was nice to be out there that long.

"It's going slowly, but hopefully I can play next week for the reserves, take it from there and see where we can go from there.

"Next it'll be nice to get 90 minutes, especially when you've been out for as long as I have.

"Hopefully I can get a few full matches and be back where I want to be after a long time out."

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