Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic - Preview

  • December 14, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton host Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, with Dougie Freedman counting the cost of injuries to key players.

With Wanderers' long-term injury list finally appearing to be settling down, they have been rocked by the double blow that Mark Davies and Matt Mills will be out of action for three months and six weeks, respectively.

The duo suffered their injuries in last weekend's 2-2 draw at Huddersfield Town, meaning Freedman will be forced into making two changes for the visit of the Addicks.

Mills' absence could open the door for Tim Ream to return to the side, although the most likely scenario will see Sam Ricketts partner Zat Knight at the heart of the Bolton defence, with Tyrone Mears returning from suspension to fill the right-back role and Stephen Warnock on the left, in front of Adam Bogdan in goal.

There won't be any shortage of players hoping to fill the void left by Mark Davies, with Jacob Butterfield and Darren Pratley both hoping to earn recalls to the side.

Jay Spearing and Keith Andrews are expected to retain their places as the midfield anchor men, with Chris Eagles and Lee Chung-Yong likely to provide the support for Kevin Davies in attack.

Ahead of Charlton's first trip to the Reebok Stadium since January 2007, manager Chris Powell has been boosted by the news that Dan Seaborne is available for selection.

Seaborne missed last weekend's 2-2 draw against Brighton & Hove Albion, but has had his loan from Southampton extended on a week-by-week basis and is expected to start. The Addicks haven't conceded a single goal in any of his four previous appearances for the club.

Cedric Evina and Rhoys Wiggins are both out with knee and metatarsal injuries, respectively, while Ricardo Fuller will be handed a late fitness test, as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.

Leon Clarke and John Sullivan are back at the club following their respective loan spells as Scunthorpe United and Colchester United, but Charlton will be without Eggert Jonsson, who has returned to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lynch, Lainton, Mears, Alonso, Ream, Knight, Warnock, Ricketts, Riley, McKee, McQuade, Eagles, Andrews, Petrov, Spearing, Pratley, Chung-Yong, Butterfield, Blakeman, Ngog, K Davies, Afobe, Sordell, Sampson, Odelusi

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