Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers - Preview

  • February 20, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman comes up against his former club for the first time on Saturday, as the newly-appointed Nottingham Forest boss welcomes Bolton to the City Ground.

Freedman was sacked by Wanderers in October, with the club languishing in 23rd place with just five points from their opening 10 Championship games.

The Trotters have flirted with the top-half in recent weeks, after moving away from relegation trouble under the management of Neil Lennon, but they will go into the weekend clash occupying 16th place in the table - six places and four points behind Forest.

Bolton could be handed a triple boost ahead of their journey, with the news that Matt Mills, Craig Davies and Emile Heskey returned to training earlier in the week.

Mills hasn't featured since the 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round replay defeat to Liverpool on February 4 because of a knee injury, while Davies and Heskey have missed the last month of action with hamstring issues.

All three players may have to be content with places on the bench, with David Wheater and Dorian Dervite continuing in defence and either Eidur Gudjohnsen or Zach Clough partnering Adam Le Fondre in attack.

Mark Davies is about a month away from a competitive return after missing the last three months with a knee ligament injury. He will join a long list of names on the sidelines that includes Adam Bogdan, Max Clayton, Liam Trotter, Darren Pratley and Marc Tierney.

Since taking charge at Forest, Freedman has helped his new side record seven points from their opening three games - and would have won three out of three but for conceding a late goal in a 4-4 draw at Blackpool last time out.

The hosts will be without two influential players for the visit of Wanderers, however, with club captain Jack Hobbs and leading goalscorer Britt Assombalonga both out injured.

Hobbs has been ruled out for around a month after picking up a hamstring problem in the draw at Bloomfield Road, while Assombalonga will miss the next year of action after undergoing surgery on a dislocated knee cap and a magnitude of ligament damage.

Kelvin Wilson and Michael Mancienne both returned to training this week after spells on the sidelines, with one of them expected to take the place of Hobbs at the heart of the Forest defence.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Lonergan, Fitzsimons, McNaughton, Moxey, Mills, Ream, Dervite, Wheater, Taylor, Threlkeld, Sellers, Matthews, Feeney, Hall, Danns, Rochinha, Vela, Hughes, Twardzik, Bannan, Lester, Woodland, Slavchev, Janko, Walker, Le Fondre, Heskey, Gudjohnsen, C Davies, Eaves, Clough, Iliev, Knight

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