Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Queens Park Rangers

  • February 19, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Attention will turn from the boardroom to the football field on Saturday, when Bolton's quest to retain their Championship status continues at home to Queens Park Rangers.

After victory over Rotherham United a fortnight ago moved Wanderers off the foot of the table for the first time since November, Neil Lennon's side slumped back to the bottom of the division with an unfortunate 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out.

Results elsewhere put the Trotters seven points from safety, with 15 games remaining, and they must continue a run that has seen them win three of their previous four home league games if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the drop into League One at the end of the campaign.

Bolton's never-ending injury issues continue to disrupt their squad ahead of the weekend game, with late tests set to be given to both Gary Madine and Jay Spearing.

Madine has missed the last three games with a back problem, but has been named in the manager's 20-man squad for the match, while Spearing was forced out of last weekend's loss at the Amex Stadium with a groin injury.

Dean Moxey is pushing for a recall after sitting out that same game with a dead leg, but his inclusion could come at the expense of Dorian Dervite, who has been rated as doubtful with a minor injury of his own.

David Wheater, Liam Trotter (both knee) and Max Clayton (hamstring) remain sidelined, but there could be a boost in the shape of Zach Clough, who returned from a hip injury to make an appearance from the substitutes' bench at Brighton.

Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will also make a late decision over the fitness of a key player, with Alejandro Faurlin a doubt because of an ongoing thigh problem that caused him to miss the 3-1 defeat at home to Fulham last Saturday.

Conor Washington appears to have recovered from a slight ankle problem that forced him to take up a place on the bench last time out, but he should return, potentially alongside Tjaronn Chery, who came on as a substitute to score in that game at Loftus Road.

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

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