Rotherham United v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • January 27, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton must switch their attentions back to the Championship on Tuesday night, when they face Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Following their exploits at Anfield on Saturday, which saw them earn an FA Cup fourth-round replay against Liverpool next week, Wanderers boss Neil Lennon has warned his players that their performance levels must reach the same heights as the weekend if they are to pick up a positive result on their return to league action.

Injuries continue to mount for the visitors, who added Emile Heskey to the ever-growing waiting list in the treatment room - leaving Lennon with just four senior forwards left to choose from.

Heskey underwent a scan on a hamstring injury on Monday and is expected to miss between two and three weeks of action, joining Craig Davies and Zach Clough on the sidelines as they continue to recover from similar problems.

Eidur Gudjohnsen completed 90 minutes at Anfield and is unlikely to start against the Millers, leaving Conor Wilkinson, Tom Eaves and Sanmi Odelusi as the only options available to the Trotters manager.

Liam Feeney may be deployed in an attacking role, which could provide Robert Hall with a route back into the team after a recent spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Adam Le Fondre joined the club on loan from Cardiff City on Monday, but will be unable to face his former employers as Bolton await international clearance for the foward.

Adam Bogdan's heroics against Liverpool have put him firmly back in the first-team picture, but he looks set to drop back to the bench as Lennon opts for Andy Lonergan between the sticks.

As well as the aforementioned Craig Davies, Heskey and Clough, Wanderers will be without long-term absentees Marc Tierney, Mark Davies and Max Clayton.

Rotherham boss Steve Evans could hand a start to defender Richard Wood on Tuesday evening, after he fully recovered from a knee injury which has kept him out of action since August.

Kirk Broadfoot was an unused substitute against Bournemouth last time out and may also force his way back into the manager's plans, having missed almost three months of playing time with a broken collarbone.

Lee Frecklington will miss the game after undergoing hernia surgery, but Connor Sammon and Zeki Fryers should retain their places after joining the club earlier in the month.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Bogdan, Lonergan, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Spearing, Feeney, Hall, Trotter, Danns, Pratley, Vela, Hughes, Woodland, Kellett, Walker, Gudjohnsen, Eaves, Wilkinson, Odelusi, Knight

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4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
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