Davies to face Pompey in protective mask

September 25, 2006
Kevin Davies is set to wear a mask to protect his fractured cheekbone when he appears for Bolton at Portsmouth tonight.

Davies, 29, has been out for four weeks since a clash with Charlton's Hermann Hreidarsson and manager Sam Allardyce believes the biggest hurdle for his striker to overcome will be a mental one.

Allardyce said: 'He has to get through the psychological barrier.

'The first ball that comes up and the first physical challenge around that cheekbone ...

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