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Richie Towell, Salford CityMidfielder Richie Towell says he feels ‘rejuvenated’ after returning from injury, and is raring to go in the second half of the campaign.

Salford City host Bolton Wanderers on Saturday for the first time in Sky Bet League Two, a fixture which Towell missed the reverse of after suffering a leg fracture in October.

A recurrence of the injury at Barrow in December kept the Irishman out for a while longer, but after being involved in the last two games he feels ready to make up his contribution.

“It was so frustrating, and then I got back from the first fracture only for about 20 minutes then, probably my own fault, I flew into a tackle and then got the exact same injury in a slightly lower down place so I was fuming about that. 

“I’ve been back now for about a month, I feel great, I feel rejuvenated so everything’s good, no injuries and it’s time to get back to work now.

“You see how well the lads were doing and I just wanted to be out there on the pitch doing my bit for the team, when you can’t do that it was frustrating but as I said I’m back now, I feel great and the injury hasn’t given me one problem the last month so I know it’s fully healed now. 

“It’s a good time to be back as well for the business end of the season.”

Richie Towell, Salford CityTowell’s return has been no gentle re-introduction either; against Harrogate his shot was parried for Brandon Thomas-Asante to score off before he rattled the crossbar at Oldham last week. 

One point from those two games isn’t an accurate reflection of recent performances, but Towell is hopeful that the team can finish the season strongly.

“I thought my one was over the line last week as well but I don’t think it was quite over the line. Obviously I was screaming for it I thought it had hit the bar and went in but I think the amount of chances we had last week, the amount of times we hit the bar, we hit the post a couple of times, and the amount of one-on-ones we had we should have had the game out of sight. 

“I think you see that’s the type of football the manager wants us to play, he wants us to play that attack-minded football, he wants us to be on the front foot, he wants us to create chances.

“It does take time for it to click properly but if we’re still doing the right things and keep doing what he wants us to do I think we’ll have a really strong finish to the season, and also we’ll be playing a nice style of football and an attacking brand of football as well.”

There are no new injury concerns for The Ammies, with James Wilson available again after a niggle. Darron Gibson remains sidelined with a serious leg injury sustained in October.

BOLTON WANDERERS

Jordan Turnbull, Eoin Doyle, Salford City
Doyle is Bolton’s top scorer this season with 10 goals to his name

The Trotters make the relatively short 15-mile journey to Salford in 19th, but hoping to put together back-to-back wins for just the second time this season. Ian Evatt’s side last managed it in November when their 2-0 win in the reverse fixture started a run of five wins in all competitions.

Despite their lowly standing, nine points off the play-offs isn’t an insurmountable amount with the number of games left and Bolton recruited plentifully in January with eight new additions, including four on Monday’s Deadline Day.

They will be without influential captain Antoni Sarcevic, who is out injured, but Eoin Doyle has two goals in his last three appearances and scored the opening goal in November’s meeting, as well as two at The Peninsula Stadium for Swindon Town last season.

Despite the stature of the opposition, Towell is confident that if Salford apply themselves right there is no reason they can’t register a first win against Wanderers.

“Bolton are a top side, I actually don’t think their position in the table justifies the type of team that they are and how good that they are because they have a lot of good players in their squad and I know they’ve added to their squad in January. 

“I think along with ourselves they probably have one of the strongest squads in the league so I know it’s going to be a tough game on Saturday but it’s one that we’re all ready for. Hopefully we can stamp our mark on the game, play the way we can, and hopefully we can take three points because that’s what we need.”

HOW TO WATCH

Bruno Andrade, Salford CitySaturday’s clash will be available to stream on live.salfordcityfc.co.uk from 14:00, with the game kicking off at 15:00.

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To watch Richie Towell’s full interview, tune into Matchday LIVE on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube from 14:30, and join in the conversation too with your match prediction.

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