Bolton boss Phil Parkinson has urged Gary Madine to play through the pain barrier and help see Bolton Wanderers over the promotion finishing line.
The Whites drew a third straight blank against Bury, but extended their lead on third-placed Fleetwood and fourth-placed Scunthorpe two three and four points respectively.
“It’s a very difficult one because Gary is going to have to play with pain,” he told The Bolton News.
“I’ve had shoulder injuries, dislocated it, had some really bad ones and they are not right for months.
“I said to him yesterday if you are going to wait until it’s perfect you won’t be playing this season. At some point it’ll have to be strapped up, get an injection in it and get back out there.
“He has been running again and will keep progressing. He doesn’t want to play and then have to come off again after 15 minutes but if he wants to play a part in the run-in, it needs to get to a level where he can manage it.
“He has to do everything he can morning, noon and night to give himself a chance of playing. That’s all we want from him.
“If he gets out there, great, if not, we’ll have to win without him.
“The frustrating thing is in the past few games we’ve had so many chances this shouldn’t be an issue we’re discussing – but we are because we haven’t scored enough goals.”