Bolton Wanderers v Reading - Preview

  • March 03, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Goal difference is all that separates Bolton and Reading in the Championship table, but that could all change when they meet at Macron Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wanderers halted a run of three successive defeats with victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, moving them up to 17th, above the Royals - who were beaten 3-0 at home by Nottingham Forest.

Neil Lennon looks set to keep faith with the side that recorded victory over the Seagulls, although he may be forced into one change after Liam Feeney hobbled off the field with a knee injury in that game.

Feeney, who was playing right-back at the time of his departure, is expected to be fit to feature. Kevin McNaughton came off the bench at the weekend for his first appearance since October and will be waiting in the wings to deputise if Feeney fails to prove his fitness.

Josh Vela impressed in a midfield role last time out and could be handed another opportunity to impress in his natural position, with the likes of Barry Bannan, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Saidy Janko and Neil Danns all hoping to provide the ammunition for the strike threats of Zach Clough, Emile Heskey and former Reading forward Adam Le Fondre.

Andy Lonergan remains absent as he continues his recovery from concussion, so Ben Amos will stay in goal after his loan from Manchester United was extended through until the end of the month.

Craig Davies is pencilled in for a behind-closed-doors game on Friday and may return against Blackburn Rovers next week, but he joins a list of absentees that includes the likes of Adam Bogdan, Mark Davies, Darren Pratley, Max Clayton and Liam Trotter, amongst others.

Reading boss Steve Clarke, who was linked with the vacant Bolton job last autumn, could hand a recall to Yakubu, as he looks to add a strike threat to a team that has scored just once in its last five league games.

Chris Gunter is available after missing the last month of action with an ankle injury, while Anton Ferdinand and Jem Karacan remain sidelined with injury.

Danny Guthrie, who had a spell on loan with Wanderers in the 2007/08 campaign, could face his former club after missing the majority of the season with a number of injury problems.

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

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