Gary Cahill could return for Bolton in four weeks' time
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.
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