Team News: Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers

  • August 15, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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The Riverside Stadium is the destination of Bolton's first away trip of the season, as they prepare to face Middlesbrough on Saturday.

After opening their campaign with a goalless draw at home to Derby County last weekend, Wanderers fell to a surprise defeat to Burton Albion in the League Cup on Tuesday. Boro, meanwhile, also began the season with a stalemate - drawing 0-0 at Preston North End - but recorded their first win with a 3-1 success at Oldham Athletic in their midweek cup outing.

Despite being just one week into a nine-month fixture list, the absentees are already adding up for Neil Lennon - who could be without as many as nine first-team players for the journey to Teesside.

Tim Ream is on the verge of a transfer to either Queens Park Rangers of Fulham, which is expected to be concluded in the coming days, although he would likely have missed the game in any case due to a thigh injury picked up on international duty.

Darren Pratley has been ruled out for around four weeks after sustaining ankle ligament damage against Derby and he will be joined on the sidelines by Liam Trotter, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

Dorian Dervite and Prince-Desir Gouano are expected to be fit, after struggling this week with nose and groin problems, respectively, but there will be no places for Derik Osede, David Wheater, Max Clayton and Tom Eaves, who all continue in their rehabilitation.

Jay Spearing is back in contention after sitting out the midweek defeat through suspension, although Mark Davies will be hoping to retain his place after producing a Man of the Match display in his absence.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will be able to call upon the services of David Nugent for the visit of Wanderers, after the former Bury and Preston forward completed a reported £4million move to the Riverside on Friday.

Ben Gibson is a major doubt, however, as he continues to recover from a hamstring strain, but the likes of Jack Stephens, Diego Fabbrini and Cristhian Stuani will all be hoping to keep their places after impressing in their win at Oldham on Wednesday.

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