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  • December 05, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, for the first time since they were beaten 7-1 on the same ground in January.

Wanderers, then under the management of Dougie Freedman, suffered their heaviest defeat since 1982 in last season's corresponding fixture, but Neil Lennon's side will be hoping to gain a measure of revenge by moving above the Royals with victory at the weekend.

Bolton went through the month of November unbeaten, but travel to Berkshire with just one away win to their name all season - in Lennon's first game, at Birmingham City, in October.

16 years after he first appeared in a Wanderers shirt, Eidur Gudjohnsen could make his second debut for the club after he finalised terms on a deal that will keep him at Macron Stadium until the end of the season. The 36-year-old is awaiting international clearance, which could deny him an appearance, but Gudjohnsen has travelled with the squad and will hope to be involved at some stage.

Kevin McNaughton continues to struggle with a hamstring problem that has kept him sidelined since the end of October, so Josh Vela is expected to keep his place at right-back - joining a back-four also consisting of Matt Mills, Dorian Dervite and Tim Ream.

Andy Lonergan is likely to keep his place in goal, with the fit-again Adam Bogdan on the substitutes' bench, with any major changes likely to be in midfield.

Neil Danns, Darren Pratley, Liam Feeney, Lee Chung-Yong and Max Clayton all started the victory against Huddersfield Town last time out, but Feeney could find his place under threat after struggling to find a consistent run of form in recent weeks. Liam Trotter is available after scoring for the development squad during the week, although Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara will also be hopeful of working their way back into first-team plans.

With Gudjohnsen likely to be on the bench, subject to international clearance, Craig Davies looks set to lead the line once again, with Joe Mason and Conor Wilkinson, who signed a contract until 2018 last week, pushing for places on the bench.

Wanderers remain without Marc Tierney, while the likes of Paddy Kenny, Jermaine Beckford and Tom Youngs are all out on loan. Hayden White is back at the club following a brief spell at Bury, but is unavailable because of a knee injury.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins looks set to hand Alex Pearce a recall, after he missed last weekend's victory at Norwich City through suspension.

Hope Akpan, Jem Karacan and former Bolton midfielder Danny Guthrie are all on the sidelines, where they will be joined by fresh injury victims Jamie Mackie, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Anton Ferdinand.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, Trotter, Danns, Garvan, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Chung-Yong, Lester, Woodland, Kamara, Mason, Clayton, Gudjohnsen, C Davies, Wilkinson, Clough, Iliev, Knight

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