Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • October 18, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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The Neil Lennon era begins at Bolton on Saturday, as his first week at the club concludes with a game against Birmingham City, at St Andrew's.

Lennon was appointed as the successor to Dougie Freedman last Sunday, following Wanderers' decision to axe the Scot as manager a fortnight ago.

Bolton return from a two-week international break propping up the Championship table, having picked up just five points out of a possible 33 so far this campaign.

Lennon will have to choose from an injury-depleated squad for his first game in charge, with a number of first-team regulars expected to miss the trip to the Midlands.

Adam Bogdan, Marc Tierney, Liam Trotter, Sanmi Odelusi and David Wheater all remain on the sidelines, while Mark Davies continues will miss out after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Chris Herd is struggling with an Achilles injury, despite playing for Australia during the week, and there will be no place for Medo Kamara - who arrived back from international duty with Sierra Leone late on Thursday night.

Tim Ream and Lee Chung-Yong also represented their respective countries over the last fortnight and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Max Clayton could make his first Wanderers start at St Andrew's, after impressing Lennon during training, while the likes of Robert Hall, Josh Vela and Tom Eaves could come back into contention after falling out of favour under the previous management regime.

Darren Pratley has picked up four yellow cards in just nine appearances so far this season, with one more set to earn him a one-match suspension.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark has been boosted by the returns of both Lee Novak and Neal Eardley ahead of the weekend's game.

Novak has missed the last six weeks of action with a knee injury, while Eardley has been out for a month with a similar problem.

Both players came through a behind-closed-doors friendly against Notts County during the week and could come back into the side for the visit of Wanderers.

Demarai Gray has recovered from a knock he suffered in training, but there will be no place for Mark Duffy after he was ruled out for eight weeks with a calf injury.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Kenny, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, Danns, Garvan, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Herd, Lester, Woodland, Mason, Beckford, Clayton, C Davies, Eaves, Wilkinson, Clough, Youngs, Knight

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Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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