Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Rotherham United

  • February 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton can move off the bottom of the Championship table on Saturday with victory over Rotherham United, combined with results elsewhere going their way.

Wanderers, currently three points adrift at the foot of the division, play host to the Millers, who are three places and just four points better off going into the weekend fixtures.

Charlton Athletic and Bristol City, the two teams who join the Trotters in the relegation zone, meet at The Valley, meaning Neil Lennon's side will be a minimum of two points away from safety by 5pm on Saturday. However, defeat at Macron Stadium could see that gap extended to as much as an eye-watering seven points.

Defeat is not an option for the Wanderers boss, who could welcome both Darren Pratley and Gary Madine back to the squad after they missed the midweek draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers with back injuries.

Zach Clough remains unavailable because of a hip problem, while Neil Danns is a major doubt as he continues to recover from a stomach complaint which has struck over the course of the last fortnight.

With Max Clayton and David Wheater definitely out with hamstring injuries, Lennon may have little option but to stick with a similar side to the one that took to the field at Molineux.

Rob Holding, who was the subject of a transfer offer from Reading last week, should retain his place alongside Dorian Dervite at the heart of the defence, with Dean Moxey and stand-in right-back Josh Vela completing the backline.

Jay Spearing's Man of the Match display last time out could see him retain a starting role, regardless of Pratley's return to fitness, with Mark Davies and Liam Trotter also hoping to get the nod to feature from the off.

Wellington Silva and Liam Feeney should start on the flanks, with Kaiyne Woolery in contention to keep his place should Madine fail to overcome a combination of back and groin problems.

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn, who began his playing career at Bolton, looks set to be without the services of Lee Frecklington (hamstring), Aimen Belaid (groin), Leon Best (groin) and Stephen Kelly (calf) for the trip over the Pennines.

Luciano Becchio is pushing for a recall to the side as Rotherham look to bounce back from a thumping defeat against Charlton last time out, while Andrew Shinnie could come back at the expense of Paul Green.

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

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20 Bolton Wanderers 6 4
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