Team News: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bolton

  • February 02, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton managed to retain the services of Zach Clough in the January transfer window, but he will be missing when they travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

At the end of a window during which Clough held talks over a move to Bristol City, the academy graduate can now shift focus back to the task at hand, which is helping his current club attempt to pull off the 'Great Escape' by surviving in the Championship this season.

Clough, who has netted three goals in just two career appearances against Wolves, will miss the trip to Molineux with the same hip injury that has caused him to sit out each of the Trotters' last four games in league and cup.

That means Gary Madine is likely to keep his place up front, although Emile Heskey is pushing for a recall after recovering from a calf injury that has kept him sidelined since Boxing Day.

Neil Danns is also hoping to win back a place in the team, having missed the last three games with stomach problems, although he may have to settle for a place on the bench after Liam Trotter filled the void during Danns' absence.

Darren Pratley will be assessed ahead of kick-off after suffering a back spasm during the weekend defeat to Leeds United in the FA Cup, so the return of Lawrie Wilson from a loan spell at Peterborough United could see Josh Vela shift into midfield.

Prince-Desir Gouano and Francesco Pisano have both departed in the last 48 hours, the latter of which on loan to Italian side US Avellino, leaving Wilson, Dean Moxey, Dorian Dervite, Derik Osede and Rob Holding as the only available natural defensive options.

Wolves will be without new signing Mike Williamson for the visit of Bolton, after he picked up a hamstring injury during training at Newcastle United prior to his switch to the Midlands.

One man who is expected to debut, however, is former Trotters forward Joe Mason, who last week completed a move from Cardiff City for a fee reported to have been in the region of £3million.

Mason could start alongside another ex-Bolton man, Adam Le Fondre, as they look to close the gap on the play-off places as the Championship fixture list enters the final third of the campaign.

Kortney Hause, like Williamson, is out with a hamstring injury and will play no part, joining Dave Edwards (foot), Jordan Graham (knee) and Nouha Dicko (knee) on the sidelines.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Amos, Rachubka, Moxey, Dervite, Osede, Wilson, Holding, Vela, Feeney, Spearing, Davies, Trotter, Danns, Pratley, Silva, Twardzik, Woolery, Walker, Madine, Heskey, Dobbie, Wilkinson

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