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Gary Cahill could return for Bolton in four weeks' time

Gary Cahill
Cahill was taken ill with a blod clot in his arm on 5 February

Bolton defender Gary Cahill could be back in action in four weeks, despite earlier fears he could miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot.

The centre-back had an scan on his arm on Thursday and Wanderers boss Owen Coyle says he is making good progress.

"Gary will go another two weeks without any contact but from that point he'll join in with the group," added Coyle.

Cahill, 24, who was taken ill on 5 February, had been tipped to make the England squad for the World Cup.

Coyle added: "Gary had an operation and the blood is now free-flowing, the clot is totally dissolved and the vein is in perfect order.

"I'm envisaging, fingers crossed without getting too far ahead of ourselves, that possibly Gary could be back within four weeks."

The Bolton boss also played up Cahill's chances of making Fabio Capello's England squad for the World Cup in South Africa this summer.

"Ideally I'd like him back earlier but we have to make sure Gary is fine," said the former Burnley boss, whose team are third from bottom of the Premier League and face fellow strugglers Wolves on Saturday.


"I have no doubt that if he gets back to the level he is capable of - without putting too much pressure on him - then I think he will be a real candidate."

Cahill, a former England Under-21 player, had been in excellent form for Wanderers before the blood clot and was linked with a move from the Reebok Stadium during the January transfer window.

He was part of the England squad for the World Cup qualifying victory against Kazakhstan in June 2009 but has yet to win a senior cap.

The defender joined Bolton from Aston Villa for £5m in January 2008.

Meanwhile, Wanderers striker Kevin Davies has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

It follows his comment that referee Mark Clattenburg had "something personal" against him after ruling out what would have been his late winner against Fulham on 6 February.

The 32-year-old has until 12 March to respond to the charge.

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Coyle happy with Cahill progress
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Coyle positive on Cahill recovery
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Bolton's Cahill hit by blood clot
08 Feb 10 |  Bolton
Bolton 0-0 Fulham
06 Feb 10 |  Premier League
Cahill agrees new Bolton contract
10 Aug 09 |  Bolton
Cahill quit Villa for career move
05 Feb 08 |  Aston Villa
Bolton complete 5m Cahill switch
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