Marc Tierney forced to retire with injury problems

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Marc Tierney has been forced to retire from football due to injury.

The Lancashire-born defender suffered a broken bone and ligament damage during a 2013 match against Yeovil Town and has since undergone four operations to correct the injury.

Tierney has only played eight games for the Trotters since his 2013 summer arrival.

He said in statement: "It's obviously very disappointing, but I've got some great memories from my time as a player, from progressing up the leagues to playing in the Premier League. Of course, I wanted to help Bolton get back there, but it just wasn't to be."

However, Tierney has been allowed to train with the Lancashire side and vows to help them regain their Premier League status.

International recognition

The defender was eligible to play internationally for either England or the Republic of Ireland and the latter's boss, Giovanni Trapattoni, kept tabs on him when picking players for his Euro 2012 squad.

He quickly established himself as Bolton's first-choice left-back after joining the club on a free transfer following his release from Norwich City.


Bolton boss Neil Lennon reassured fans this week by professing his belief in the future of the club.

The Scotsman, who took from Dougie Freedman towards the end of last year, has set down his own ideas for the future, which involve recent signings Emile Heskey and Eidur Gudjohnsen, as well as long-term keeper Adam Bogdan.

He does, however, admit that adapting from his role at Celtic has been a challenge.

Lennon said:  “This has been a different challenge altogether and one I’ve really enjoyed. It’s a different skill set. I was at a dominant team with Celtic."

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