Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • January 16, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will be down to the bare bones on Saturday, as they prepare to cross the Pennines for a game against Sheffield Wednesday.

Wanderers have suffered with injuries to key players in recent weeks and with manager Neil Lennon actively trying to trade a number of big names in the transfer market, he has left himself thin on numbers for the trip to Hillsborough.

Lee Chung-Yong's participation at the Asian Cup came to an end last weekend, but he won't be thrown back into club action after fracturing his right leg in South Korea's 1-0 victory over Oman.

Chung-Yong joins names such as Marc Tierney, Joe Mason, Robert Hall, Mark Davies and Max Clayton on the sidelines, while holding midfielders Jay Spearing and Medo Kamara are major doubts.

Spearing has been the subject of transfer talks with Watford throughout the week, with a departure looking increasingly likely by the day, while Kamara has flown to Israel to finalise a loan move to Maccabi Haifa.

Darren Pratley and Neil Danns have become regular fixtures in the team since Lennon's arrival as manager and look set to continue, with Liam Trotter expected to join them in the centre of midfield.

Eidur Gudjohnsen should continue, with Chung-Yong and Zach Clough both on the sidelines, while Craig Davies could return to the starting line-up at the expense of Emile Heskey.

Dorian Dervite's poor display against Leeds United could see him drop to the bench, with David Wheater on standby to start alongside Matt Mills, with Tim Ream and Josh Vela completing the backline in front of Andy Lonergan.

Owls boss Stuart Gray, himself a former Bolton player, could have Sam Hutchinson and Joe Mattock available for the weekend game after they returned to the bench in last weekend's win at Nottingham Forest, after long spells out with injury.

Lewis Baker, who recently turned down a move to Wanderers, could make his first Owls start against his former suitors, while Jeremy Helan is back in contention after being granted time off for personal reasons.

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

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