By FRANCO PANIZO
Tim Ream is doubtful for Bolton Wanderers’ match this weekend, and all because of an apparent foul that happened seconds after kickoff and went unpunished.
Ream suffered a broken nose and had to get three stitches on Tuesday after Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin collided into him in the 15th second of Bolton’s 2-1 loss. Ream was immediately tended to and substituted in the fifth minute after it was deemed he could not continue.
The injury has left Ream in serious jeopardy of missing Saturday’s road trip to Ipswich Town and Bolton head coach Dougie Freedman in disbelief because of the fact that the clash resulted in no card for Austin.
“I don’t want to say too much because it will end up costing me money. I would rather give it to charity,” Freedman told The Bolton News. “When I go to meetings and they talk about dangerous play and the effect that causes, a guy walks away with three stitches and a broken nose and it seems to be an accident. I find it hard to believe.
“Was it because it was the first minute of the game (that it went unpunished)? Yes it was.”
Ream has quietly been having a solid season for the 18th-placed Trotters, starting in 23 league matches for the club and going the distance in all but two of them.
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