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  • May 02, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night, on what is sure to be an emotional affair.

Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba will make his first public outing since collapsing in a game between the two sides at White Hart Lane on March 17 as a result of a cardiac arrest.

Muamba will be presented to both sets of supporters prior to kick-off, allowing him to pay tribute to all who feared for his life on that awful evening in March.

Spurs have never won a league game at the Reebok and Bolton will be hoping to continue that record, as they will move out of the relegation zone by avoiding defeat.

Trotters boss Owen Coyle will check on the fitness of several of his players ahead of the game, with Nigel Reo-Coker, Gretar Steinsson, Mark Davies and Ryo Miyaichi all set for late fitness tests.

Reo-Coker was forced off the field late on in the weekend draw at Sunderland, while Mark Davies, Miyaichi and Eagles are struggling with ankle, shoulder and hamstring problems.

Darren Pratley is missing with a stomach virus, while Gregg Wylde is still awaiting official FIFA clearance after joining from Glasgow Rangers in March.

Those potential absentees could leave Bolton short on bodies in midfield, so academy graduate Josh Vela could be in line for his first start for the club.

David Ngog and Kevin Davies could both retain their places in attack, while Coyle could name an unchanged defence, with Sam Ricketts, David Wheater, Tim Ream and Dedryck Boyata the manager's choices at the Stadium of Light.

Following Roy Hodgson's appointment as England manager on Tuesday afternoon, the pressure has eased on Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, who has seen his side's form fall away over the last couple of months.

They bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 success over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, but Redknapp also has injury problems to contend with.

Aaron Lennon picked up a knock in that win over Rovers, while Scott Parker and Louis Saha are also struggling with fitness issues.

Niko Kranjcar, Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Ledley King are all likely absentees, but the likes of Kyle Walker, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Emmanuel Adebayor look set to start.

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

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