Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic - Preview

  • January 02, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton take a break from Championship action on Saturday, when Wigan Athletic visit Macron Stadium in the third round of the FA Cup.

Both sides go into the game on the back of league defeats, but the New Year provides them with a fresh start and the opportunity to take the local bragging rights in their opening game of 2015.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has admitted he intends to take the competition seriously, but the growing number of absentees from his squad leaves him with little option but to shuffle the pack for the visit of the 2013 winners.

Lee Chung-Yong misses the first game of what could prove to be a month away from club action, as he prepares to represent South Korea in the Asian Cup, while Matt Mills is a major doubt after picking up a slight knock in Sunday's defeat at Huddersfield Town.

Chung-Yong's absence could provide Robert Hall with a rare starting place, although club captain Jay Spearing looks set to start for the first time since October - taking the armband away from the aforementioned Mills.

David Wheater looks set to come into the side in place of Mills, while Kevin McNaughton could return to the side at right-back after recovering from a hamstring problem that has kept him sidelined for the better part of three months.

Craig Davies is also back in the squad, after overcoming a hamstring injury of his own, and he could start at the expense of Eidur Gudjohnsen, who may take a well-earned breather by dropping to the substitutes' bench.

Joe Mason, Mark Davies, Marc Tierney and Max Clayton all remain sidelined, but Adam Bogdan could come in from the cold after failing to make a single appearance since Lennon's unveiling as manager late last year.

Wigan boss Malky Mackay, who was linked with the vacant post at Macron Stadium following Dougie Freedman's dismissal, will be without the services of Callum McManaman and Grant Holt for their short trip across Lancashire.

McManaman sits out the first game of a three-match suspension, following his dismissal in their midweek defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, while Holt faces up to a year on the sidelines after damaging cruciate ligaments in his final game of a loan spell at Huddersfield Town.

Leon Barnett and Martyn Waghorn will miss the game through injury, while the departure of Roger Espinoza was confirmed earlier in the week.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Maher, Sellers, Matthews, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, Trotter, Danns, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Lester, Woodland, Kamara, Heskey, Gudjohnsen, C Davies, Wilkinson, Odelusi, Clough, Youngs, Iliev, Knight

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14 Charlton Athletic 27 33
15 Bolton Wanderers 26 32
16 Lincoln City 26 31
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