Anelka to fill Davies void
Nicolas Anelka's arrival at Bolton appears especially well timed after fellow forward Kevin Davies was ruled out for up to six weeks on Monday night.
The 29-year-old Davies suffered a depressed fracture of the cheekbone when he was elbowed in the face by Charlton's Hermann Hreidarsson in Saturday's Premiership defeat at The Valley.
Hreidarsson was sent off for the offence while Davies was later shown the red card himself following a separate incident involving Amady Faye.
The £8million new boy Anelka, who manager Sam Allardyce hopes will provide a genuine cutting edge to his side, now has a little extra pressure on his shoulders in the absence of the man who has led the line until now.
Davies will have an operation today to determine the full extent of the injury.
Allardyce told the club's official website, www.bwfc.co.uk: 'It is terrible news for Kevin and the squad.
'I feel for Kevin. He is the ultimate professional who always gives his best, no matter what strain he is under from opposition defenders.'
Allardyce believes Davies came in from some rough treatment in Saturday's game and feels he was harshly dealt with by referee Mike Dean over his sending-off. He confirmed Bolton would be appealing against the dismissal.
He added: 'It is appalling that Kevin doesn't get the protection he deserves from referees.
'He is constantly put under duress by defenders and he never feigns injury or tries to con the referee by simulating.
'Even though Kevin will be out of action for six weeks, we feel it is right to appeal against his dismissal. There was nothing in the incident and he was unjustly sent from the field.'