Team News: Rotherham United v Bolton Wanderers

  • December 26, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Focus returns to the football field on Boxing Day, when Bolton look to put their troubles aside with a relegation six-pointer at Rotherham United.

With takeover talks, speculation surrounding Neil Lennon's personal life and financial difficulties dominating the headlines in recent weeks, Wanderers were hit with a transfer embargo on Christmas Eve after it was revealed they had failed to submit accounts to the Football League to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Nevertheless, the show must go on and what better way to silence the critics by performing in front of a 1,800-strong travelling contingent and proving why the Trotters are capable of retaining their place in the Championship, against all odds?

One player to be linked with a move away from Macron Stadium during the week is Josh Vela, who could be in contention for a return to the side after sitting out the draw with Fulham last time out with a knee injury suffered at Charlton Athletic earlier that week.

Like Vela, Mark Davies has also been touted for a January move and he is likely to feature at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, in a midfield that may also see the return of Wellington Silva.

On loan from Arsenal, Silva hasn't featured since tearing a hamstring in October and he will be assessed ahead of kick-off, after returning to full training at the start of the week.

Emile Heskey is available after a bout of flu, but Shola Ameobi is a doubt because of a groin strain and Max Clayton remains sidelined with a torn hamstring.

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn was once on the books at Bolton, having made his playing debut for the club in 1982, and he will be looking to get one over his old side when they cross the Pennines on Saturday.

The Millers will hope to have Stephen Kelly available for selection, that despite seeing him come off at half-time against Hull City last weekend with a calf injury.

Leon Best is also in contention after returning from both suspension and injury, but the hosts will be forced into one change after Luke Hyam was recalled from a loan spell by parent club Ipswich Town.

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