Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday - Preview

  • September 12, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton enter a crucial two-week period in their season this weekend, when Sheffield Wednesday are the visitors to Macron Stadium.

Defeat at Leeds United a fortnight ago left Wanderers in the Championship's bottom three, without a win from their opening five league games of the new campaign. Saturday marks the start of a run which will see them play five games in the space of just 14 days and with an opportunity to kick-start their season with three vital points.

Dougie Freedman has a number of injury concerns ahead of the game and is likely to hand a starting role to at least one youngster.

Kevin McNaughton has recovered from the hamstring injury which forced him off the field against Middlesbrough last month, but is unlikely to feature due to illness. Oscar Threlkeld and Hayden White are both in contention to deputise, with the latter the favourite as he prepares to face his former side.

Dean Moxey is available after recovering from the foot injury he sustained on the opening day. He could return at left-back, which would provide Tim Ream with a chance to move back into the middle - filling in for the injured David Wheater.

Medo Kamara returned from international duty with Sierra Leone on Thursday and will most probably begin the afternoon on the bench, so loanee Owen Garvan may be thrown straight in alongside Jay Spearing for a debut. Mark Davies is also pushing for a recall, after failing to feature so far this season.

Joe Mason, Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford are all pushing for a place in attack, but reports during the week have suggested Wanderers may revert back to their one up front formation, which would leave Mason as the favourite to start.

Liam Trotter will be out until late November with a hamstring injury, while Marc Tierney continues to miss out because of the broken leg he suffered last September. Josh Vela and Andy Kellett are closing in on their respective returns, but Saturday's game will come to soon for the duo.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray, himself a former Bolton player, looks set to hand a debut to Royston Drenthe, who joined the club on loan from Reading.

Glenn Loovens will miss out through suspension, so Kamil Zayatte and Claude Dielna are both looking to take his place in the middle of the defence.

Lewis Buxton is closing in on a return from a knee injury, but there will be no places for the duo of Kieran Lee (groin) and Sam Hutchinson (back).

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, White, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, M Davies, Danns, Garvan, Pratley, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Lester, Woodland, Kamara, Bastos, Mason, Beckford, C Davies, Eaves, Clough, Youngs, Iliev, Knight

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