Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has lamented the number of injuries he has had in the early stages of the season.
Winger Lee Chung-yong and summer signing Tyrone Mears suffered broken legs even before the 2011-12 Premier League campaign kicked off to add to the several other players currently on the sidelines.
Midfielder Stuart Holden is finally returning from his long-term injury but Coyle admits that he is still frustrated at the number of unfit players he has been forced to deal with.
"We've had some terrible luck with injuries - we had two broken legs in pre-season and we had (Marcos) Alonso having a broken foot," he said.
"You want your best players available but Lee Chung-yong is out for the season, but Tyrone Mears we hope will be back at the turn of the year.
"Ricardo Gardner (groin) is back in light training and hopefully we'll get him a reserve game next week and he can start to step up."
Bolton have made a disappointing start to their league campaign, picking up just three points from four matches. They are at home to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.