Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Nottingham Forest

  • August 21, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Dougie Freedman makes his first return to Macron Stadium on Saturday, as Bolton play host to his Nottingham Forest side.

After losing his job with Wanderers last October, Freedman returned to the game in February and, after an initial upturn in fortunes at the City Ground, has overseen a run which has seen Forest win just one of their last 12 games in all competitions.

Bolton, meanwhile, have picked up just one win from 13 and set a new club record with defeat at MK Dons on Tuesday, after extending their run without a goal to six competitive games dating back to April - breaking a record which had stood since March 1990.

Neil Lennon, who succeeded Freedman in the Trotters' hotseat, looks set to hand a debut to Wellington Silva, who joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Arsenal this week.

Francesco Pisano, who signed a two-year contract on Thursday, isn't expected to feature as he builds up his fitness, so Lawrie Wilson should retain his position at right-back.

Dean Moxey limped out of the midweek game at stadiummk amid fears he had suffered a broken toe, but scans have come back all clear for the full-back, who could be given a pain-killing injection ahead of kick-off. He continues to fill the void left by Tim Ream, whose transfer to Fulham has now officially gone through.

Derik Osede, Max Clayton, Darren Pratley, Liam Trotter, David Wheater and Tom Eaves all remain on the sidelines, while Zach Clough and Gary Madine appear to have overcome minor knocks sustained in the opening week of the campaign.

Former Bolton captain Matt Mills looks set to be named amongst the starting line-up for Forest, as he, along with Freedman, makes his first return to Macron Stadium since ending a three-year stint with Wanderers in the summer.

Henri Lansbury, Jamie Ward and Dexter Blackstock all suffered knocks in the midweek draw with Charlton Athletic and will be assessed ahead of kick-off, so recent loan recruit Kyle Ebecilio could be included in the squad after arriving from FC Twente.

Andy Reid is unavailable because of a long-term groin problem, while Forest will also be without the services of Chris Cohen, Britt Assombalonga, Matty Fryatt and Robert Tesche.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Fitzsimons, Campbell, Jaaskelainen, Gouano, Moxey, Dervite, Pisano, Wilson, White, Finney, Taylor, Threlkeld, Kellett, Holding, Wassi, Maher, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Davies, Danns, Silva, Twardzik, Woolery, Lussey, Ceberio, Walker, Kamara, Campbell-Young, Clough, Madine, Heskey, Dobbie

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Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Accrington Stanley 16 15
20 AFC Wimbledon 16 13
21 Milton Keynes Dons 16 13
22 Southend United 17 5
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 -2
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