Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers - Preview

  • March 23, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton play host to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon in what will be their first game since the collapse of Fabrice Muamba.

It has been a difficult week for everybody connected to Bolton Wanderers Football Club, with Muamba remaining in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in the FA Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Wanderers boss Owen Coyle had been by Muamba's bedside but returned to the North West to conduct training on Wednesday as the game against Rovers was given the go ahead.

Coyle has publically stated that players will not be forced into playing, so changes would well be made ahead of the relegation six-pointer.

Mark Davies missed the trip to Tottenham last weekend but is in contention for a recall in midfield, alongside Nigel Reo-Coker and Darren Pratley, with Martin Petrov and Ryo Miyaichi occupying the width on the flanks.

David Ngog may replace Ivan Klasnic in the lone striker role, while changes are also expected in the Bolton backline.

Zat Knight and Dedryck Boyata were surprise starters at White Hart Lane, but David Wheater and Tim Ream are likely to regain their places after being paired together in recent weeks.

Marcos Alonso is available after injury, but Sam Ricketts should come back in at left-back, with Gretar Steinsson on the right, protecting Adam Bogdan's goal.

Lee Chung-Yong, Stuart Holden, Ricardo Gardner and Tyrone Mears remain on the treatment table, while recent signing Gregg Wylde remains ineligible as his transfer awaits clearance by FIFA.

Blackburn go into the game after recording back-to-back victories, which has seen them rise above Bolton, five points clear of the bottom three.

Rovers boss Steve Kean has doubts over the fitness of defender Gael Givet, who is struggling to overcome a hamstring injury.

Should Givet fail to prove his fitness ahead of the game, Kean has confirmed Scott Dann and Grant Hanley will start at the Reebok.

Junior Hoilett and Yakubu have proved a handful for Premier League defences all season and they should continue to partner each other in attack.

David Dunn could also be in line for a return after being named on the substitute's bench for the midweek win over Sunderland.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Jaaskelainen, Lynch, Steinsson, Alonso, Knight, Ricketts, Boyata, Wheater, Ream, Riley, Eagles, Petrov, M Davies, Reo-Coker, Pratley, Miyaichi, Vela, Blakeman, Tuncay, K Davies, Klasnic, Blake, Ngog, Sordell, Eaves

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
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