Bolton Wanderers are waiting to learn the full extent of Tom White’s ankle injury but fear he could miss the remainder of the year.

White joined the Whites in August for what was his first taste of EFL football and he’s played six matches in all competitions for Ian Evatt’s side.

That included an EFL Trophy appearance against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday where, after missing a penalty earlier in the match, he was forced off injured in the 37th minute following a late challenge from Josh Vela.

White, who previously played under Evatt for Barrow, has since undergone a scan, with the results expected today, but Bolton fear an extended lay-off for the midfielder who joined Rovers last summer.

The 23-year-old signed from Gateshead on a two-year deal, and after impressing under Evatt for Barrow, earned his shot at EFL football this season.

But his season looks set for disruption in a blow to Evatt who was less than impressed with the tackle which forced White off injured.

He told the Bolton News: “I was very frustrated with it all – and still am.

“Vela made a few really reckless tackles before it that the referee let slide because they are early in the game. But the fourth reckless tackle, which he would not have made had he been on a yellow card, was the one that injured Tom.

“Now it looks as though Tom has an ankle sprain and some ligament damage, the extent we don’t know yet but it doesn’t look good. I would think he is looking at least a couple of months out on the side-line.

“I know it’s Vela’s game, but the referee has to manage it and give our players protection. He just didn’t do that. One of my players ended up injured because of it and I wasn’t happy at all.”