Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United

  • October 23, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Shola Ameobi could make his Bolton debut on Saturday, when they play host to Leeds United at Macron Stadium.

Ameobi joined a Wanderers on a three-month pay-as-you-play deal on Friday and will go straight into the matchday squad, as Neil Lennon's side look to move themselves off the foot of the Championship table.

The misfiring Trotters have netted just nine league goals so far this season, the lowest number in the entire division, and have fired blanks in seven of their 12 games.

Lennon appears to be losing faith with the attacking duo of Gary Madine and Emile Heskey, but has been forced into playing the physical pair due to a lack of options caused by injury to Zach Clough and the fitness of Max Clayton, who recently returned following 10 months out with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Wellington Silva this week joined Bolton's injury list, as he was ruled out for the remainder of 2015 with a torn hamstring, so Kaiyne Woolery and Tom Walker will both be looking to force their way into first-team plans in his absence.

Jay Spearing will be assessed ahead of kick-off, after scans revealed the midfielder did not break a leg during the defeat at Burnley last weekend, but, if fit, he will face competition from the likes of Mark Davies, Neil Danns and Darren Pratley for a place in central midfield.

Dean Moxey continues to struggle with a toe injury, meaning Jose Manuel Casado may continue at left-back, with David Wheater, Dorian Dervite, Prince-Desir Gouano and Derik Osede expected to compete for the remaining places across the back-four.

Leeds boss Steve Evans oversaw a 1-1 draw at Fulham, as he took charge for the first time on Wednesday, and he will monitor the fitness of Chris Wood ahead of kick-off, after he was forced off at Craven Cottage with a knock.

Will Buckley and Jordan Botaka are both pushing for recalls and could take the place of Liam Cooper, who completed 90 minutes in midweek after a spell on the sidelines with a knee problem.

Sam Byram also returned to the squad last time out and looks set to retain his place in defence.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Rachubka, Fitzsimons, Gouano, Moxey, Dervite, Osede, Casado, Pisano, Wilson, Wheater, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Davies, Danns, Pratley, Twardzik, Woolery, Walker, Clayton, Madine, Heskey, Dobbie, Ameobi

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