Team News: Blackburn Rovers v Bolton Wanderers

  • August 28, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to go into the international break on a high, as they renew acquaintances with Blackburn Rovers in front of the television cameras on Friday.

Wanderers travel to Ewood Park for the 167th meeting between the two Lancashire rivals, extending Rovers' record of being the most played opponents in the club's history.

Neil Lennon's squad have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game and has been boosted by the returns of both Derik Osede and Liam Trotter to first-team training, although neither will be available for selection for another fortnight.

Darren Pratley is closing in on a return from an ankle injury and David Wheater is recovering well from a calf problem, although Max Clayton and Tom Eaves remain on the sidelines.

Francesco Pisano could take a place on the substitutes' bench, after completing a move from Cagliari last week, while Jose Manuel Casado is awaiting international clearance before being eligible to feature.

Dean Moxey and Lawrie Wilson look set to continue in the full-back roles, with Prince-Desir Gouano partnering Dorian Dervite at the heart of the back-four.

Jay Spearing, who spent the second half of last season on loan with Rovers, could be part of a midfield which may also include other former Blackburn players Neil Danns and Liam Feeney, while Mark Davies, Josh Vela, Tom Walker and Wellington Silva will also be hoping to be called upon to start.

Emile Heskey has a history of scoring against Rovers throughout his career, but may have to settle for a place on the bench - with Zach Clough and Gary Madine retaining the backing of manager Neil Lennon to come up with goals that have proved difficult to come by so far this season.

Stephen Dobbie, the scorer of Wanderers' only goal thus far, looks set to continue his role as substitute.

Under-fire Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer will hand a late fitness test to Jordan Rhodes ahead of the match, after he sat out the last two games with a recurrence of an ankle injury.

Nathan Delfouneso has stepped in during his absence, following the summer sale of Rudy Gestede to Aston Villa, but Rhodes' presence in front of goal may well be required as two sides in the Championship's relegation zone face off.

Adam Henley and Jason Lowe have recovered from illness and are both available for selection, but Rovers will be without the services of Chris Taylor and Chris Brown, who are out with groin and knee problems, respectively.

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

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20 Tranmere Rovers 18 17
21 Milton Keynes Dons 19 14
22 Southend United 20 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 16 2
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Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
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2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
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