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  • March 01, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will go in search of their third consecutive win on Saturday, when they face Barnsley at Oakwell.

A 1-0 success over Peterborough United on Tuesday night gave Wanderers back-to-back victories for the first time in almost 12 months and moved Dougie Freedman's side up to 10th place in the Championship.

Despite their lowly league position, the Tykes should prove to be difficult opponents for the Trotters - with last Saturday's defeat at Bristol City bringing an end to a run of six wins in the bounce.

Wanderers' form has vastly improved in recent weeks, with Mark Davies being a central figure in their recent success. Bolton were dealt a major blow on Friday afternoon, however, with scans confirming the midfielder will miss up to ten months of action with a knee ligament injury.

Davies will join the likes of Keith Andrews, Joe Riley and Matt Mills on the treatment table, while Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears will be assessed ahead of the game.

Eagles missed Tuesday's win over Peterborough through illness, while Mears hasn't featured since the draw at Derby County last month after suffering from a blood infection.

Stuart Holden replaced Davies in the 24th minute on Tuesday night and could come into contention for a first league start since March 2011, while Eagles and Steve De Ridder will both be hoping to earn a recall to the side.

Adam Bogdan is expected to be behind an unchanged defence of Marcos Alonso, Craig Dawson, Zat Knight and Sam Ricketts at Oakwell, with Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley in the two holding roles just in front of the back four.

Like Eagles and De Ridder, Lee Chung-Yong, David Ngog, Kevin Davies and Marvin Sordell will all have their sights set on a starting place, while Craig Davies will be hoping to feature against his old club. Davies joined Wanderers from Barnsley in the January transfer window and Saturday's fixture will mark the first return to his former club.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft will be without the services of Scott Golbourne and Stephen Dawson on Saturday afternoon, while Paul Digby is doubtful as he continues his recovery from a hip problem.

Ryan Tunnicliffe made his debut last weekend and is expected to retain his place, as are the likes of Rory Delap, Chris Dagnall and former West Ham United forward Marlon Harewood.

Chris O'Grady - who has previously represented Oldham Athletic, Bury and Rochdale, amongst others - looks set for a place on the bench, along with former Wigan Athletic forward Jason Scotland.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Lainton, Lynch, Mears, Alonso, Ream, Knight, Dawson, Ricketts, Wheater, McKee, Bolger, McQuade, Eagles, Wylde, Spearing, Pratley, Holden, Vela, Chung-Yong, Gregus, Blakeman, Lester, De Ridder, Kamara, Ngog, K Davies, Sordell, C Davies, Sampson, Odelusi

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