Owen Coyle 'calm' over William Gallas tackle
Bolton boss Owen Coyle admits likening William Gallas' tackle on Mark Davies to an "assault" was "a bit strong" and accepts the Arsenal defender showed no malice in the challenge.
Davies was taken off on a stretcher after Gallas' late tackle during Bolton's 4-2 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, which left the midfielder with ankle ligament damage.
The challenge, which led to Arsenal's equaliser in a game Wanderers had been winning 2-0, went unpunished by referee Alan Wiley and Gallas is unlikely to face retrospective disciplinary action from the Football Association.
Coyle likened the tackle to an assault in a post-match interview but today indicated he did not think Gallas intended to hurt Davies.
"Maybe (to say) an assault was a bit strong," Coyle said.
"But he certainly caught the lad. I don't think that any professional, and I would certainly hope not, goes to purposely hurt another player, but it was mis-timed - there is no doubt that it was badly mis-timed.
"Mark Davies paid the price for that and we did as a team because with a player lying on the ground, they have scored an equaliser."
Asked for his reaction to Gallas escaping censure from the FA, Coyle said: "That's up to the FA, but it won't result in us getting any points from the game.
"They are the powers that be and they decide what happens and what doesn't happen."
It is not yet known how long Davies is likely to be out of action, although the 21-year-old will definitely miss Bolton's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield United at the Reebok Stadium tomorrow.
"Thankfully it's not broken but there is ligament damage there and it will certainly rule him out of this weekend," Coyle said.
"We'll be giving him extensive round-the-clock treatment and he was terrific the other night with his performance levels so he's a player we would like back in our squad as quickly as possible.
"We'll see what the weekend brings, but he's a young lad and a quick healer I'm led to believe."
Latest in Sport
Manchester United transfer news: Javier Hernandez close to exit as Atletico Madrid admit interest
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Thomas Vermaelen and Daley Blind on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Divock Origi joins Liverpool before immediately being loaned back to Lille
Seydou Keita refuses Pepe handshake before throwing water bottle prior to Roma vs Real Madrid match
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us