Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Burnley

  • February 26, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Two Lancashire teams heading in opposite directions meet at Macron Stadium on Saturday, when Bolton play host to near neighbours Burnley.

Defeat at Birmingham City on Tuesday left Wanderers seven points from safety in the Championship, with goal difference all that keeps them off the foot of the table, while a win for the Clarets at the weekend will see them move to the top of the pile as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League.

The form book will make for interesting reading, with Bolton losing just two of their last home games in all competitions, while Burnley's only defeat in 12 games since Boxing Day was a 2-1 reversal in an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Arsenal.

Neil Lennon will be able to call upon the services of Gary Madine for the derby clash, after he was absent from the midweek loss at St Andrew's due to a disciplinary issue.

His return, along with the fit-again Emile Heskey, should see Zach Clough drop into a deeper role, after he struggled as a lone forward last time out, while Stephen Dobbie and Kaiyne Woolery are expected to add depth from the substitutes' bench.

Dorian Dervite will miss the game, however, after undergoing minor surgery to repair damage to knee ligaments, that is likely to keep him sidelined for around six weeks, while Jay Spearing will have an injection in his toe before a decision is made on whether to include him from the start.

Derik Osede is the most obvious candidate to fill the void, joining Rob Holding at the heart of the defence, with Dean Moxey and Josh Vela completing the backline in front of Paul Rachubka in goal.

Ben Amos (ankle ligaments), Max Clayton (hamstring), Liam Trotter (hamstring) and David Wheater (hamstring) all remain out.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche will check on the fitness of Michael Keane ahead of their short journey down the M61, after he suffered a head injury against Rotherham United that forced him to miss the midweek win over Nottingham Forest.

James Tarkowski could come in to replace him, forming part of a defence that has picked up four successive clean sheets, but there will be no places for the injured Ashley Barnes (knee), Dean Marney (calf) and one-time Wanderers loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz (knee).

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

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