Life's a beach for Bolton

Kevin Davies is winning his battle to be fit to face Arsenal this weekend thanks to a dip in the sea.

The striker has been enjoying some warm-weather training in Dubai this week with the rest of the Bolton squad after suffering an ankle injury in the draw against Wigan.

It was thought he would be out for at least a fortnight but he is now in line to appear at Highbury.

“Kevin has been going through some rehab work with our physios,” manager Sam Allardyce said from the United Arab Emirates.

“He’s been in the sea and everyone knows that the salt in the water can aid your recovery.

“Hopefully he will be fit for Saturday. He is in with a chance.”

The squad are heading straight to London tomorrow from Dubai, where they have been enjoying good facilities as well as good weather.

“We have been using two very good pitches,” said Allardyce.

“We have also played a bit of tennis and golf and gone swimming. It has been a really good period for the players to recharge their batteries after putting so much effort into recent games.”

Tunisia defender Radhi Jaidi has returned to the club after the African Nations Cup while Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha plus the Senegal duo El-Hadji Diouf and Abdoulaye Faye are due back tomorrow.

All four are expected to come into contention on Saturday.

Allardyce said: “Radhi is back in training and we will assess his fitness when we arrive in London tomorrow.”

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