Sheffield United defender, Kean Bryan, has once again picked up an injury only a few games into his loan spell with Bolton Wanderers.
The Blades defender was sent on loan to the Trotters in the January transfer window. Having struggled for fitness and failing to break into the Blades squad, a move for Bryan was seen as the ideal scenario.
Bolton manager, Keith Hill, has thrust him straight into the action, too. He’s started the last three games and was included in the XI for last night’s trip to Doncaster Rovers.
However, Bryan’s luck was once again rotten. Indeed, Hill was forced to replace Bryan during the game. Admittedly, Bryan did only go off in the dying embers of the game.
But it once again highlighted the nightmare few years the defender has had. Furthermore, it was a bitter blow for Bolton manager Hill. Having already lost Dennis Politic before the game, he then lost fellow central defender, Jack Hobbs, before Bryan hobbled off later.
Understandably, Hill was frustrated after the game.
A seemingly typical setback for Kean Bryan
There was an element of excitement when Bryan first arrived at Bramall Lane. He had a good pedigree and was, supposedly, going to offer another option in the attacking centre-back role deployed by Chris Wilder.
But right from the get-go, the defender struggled with injuries. That meant his season in the Championship last term was, essentially, a write-off.
He did play in pre-season this summer. However, despite featuring, he once again picked up a knock in the early stages of the League Cup. That, it seems, was the final straw for Bryan in a Blades shirt.
He did get a game against AFC Fylde before he left but even then, it was more a case of putting himself in the shop window.
Hopefully, for Bryan, this is a minor injury. He could prove crucial for Keith Hill and his struggling Bolton squad.