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By ESPN Staff

Lee closing in on Bolton return

Bolton winger Lee Chung-Yong is set to feature for Wanderers' reserves on Friday as he continues his recovery from the broken leg he suffered last summer.

The behind-closed-doors match marks another important step in Lee's rehabilitation, although Bolton boss Owen Coyle remains reluctant to speculate as to whether Lee might play a part for the first-team before the end of the season.

The two remaining games this term for Bolton - currently 18th in the Premier League, separated from 17th-placed QPR by goal difference alone - see them host West Brom on Sunday before taking on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on May 13.

When asked if Lee might be involved in the Potters clash, Coyle said: "I don't know the answer to that - what I do know is that he has done very well in his two-and-a-half weeks' of training.

"What we can't do is anything detrimental to his long-term wellbeing. He will certainly play part of the game today and we will look at it and assess from there where he is at.''

Coyle is also keeping an open mind about any potential comeback by Fabrice Muamba.

Bolton midfielder Muamba, who has made a remarkable recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch during an FA Cup match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on March 17, watched Wanderers' 4-1 league defeat to Spurs at the Reebok Stadium from the stands on Wednesday night.

It was the 24-year-old's first public appearance since the incident, but it is not known whether or not he will play professional football again.

Coyle said: "Day by day he gets stronger, but then absolutely - there will come a point when they (Muamba, his family and his medical team) will have to sit and make a decision about what is the best thing for Fabrice moving forward.

"I think ultimately if they were to say that Fabrice was able to play again, that would just complete the whole remarkable journey from where he has come from. But whether or not that will ever come to fruition - I am not in a position to say that.''

Meanwhile, Coyle has confirmed Bolton are still awaiting FIFA clearance to play winger Gregg Wylde following his move from Rangers.


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