Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Ipswich Town

  • March 08, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Burnden Disaster on Tuesday, when they play host to Ipswich Town at Macron Stadium.

On March 9, 1946, 33 supporters lost their lives when terrace barriers collapsed at Burnden Park, causing a surge of bodies and crushing those placed in front.

The visit of Ipswich falls on the eve of the anniversary, on a night in which Wanderers will wear a special edition kit, where £10 from the proceeds of each sale of 1,000 manufactured shirts will be donated to Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme.

Joanna Forest will sing 'Abide With Me' and a moment of silence will be observed prior to kick-off, after which attention turns back to the football field and the Trotters' fight against relegation.

Having dropped back to the foot of the table with defeat at Leeds United on Saturday, Bolton are 10 points adrift of safety with only 11 games remaining and will need to improve on their recent record against the Tractor Boys - against whom they are winless in seven attempts and have failed to score in each of the last four meetings.

Their task could be made a whole lot harder, with Emile Heskey a major doubt after suffering a recurrence of a hip injury during the warm-up at Elland Road.

Gary Madine was a late inclusion on Saturday, having initially been named amongst the substitutes, but Kaiyne Woolery's goalscoring contribution could see him handed an opportunity to feature alongside fellow youth product Zach Clough.

Jay Spearing continues to play through the pain barrier, having received pain-killing injections for a toe injury in recent weeks, although Liam Trotter is fit and available for selection after recovering from a torn hamstring.

Wellington Silva has failed to impress manager Neil Lennon since returning from a torn hamstring of his own and may have to settle for a place on the bench once again, with Mark Davies and Liam Feeney continuing to occupy wide positions ahead of full-backs Dean Moxey and Josh Vela.

Ben Amos (ankle), David Wheater (hamstring), Dorian Dervite (ankle) and Max Clayton (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy will make late decisions on the fitness of both Daryl Murphy and Cole Skuse, after both missed the defeat at Forest at the weekend.

Murphy has been struggling with a calf injury and is a major doubt for the game at the Macron, while Skuse has missed the last four matches with a toe problem.

Jonathan Douglas could return from a foot injury after missing the game at the City Ground, while Kevin Bru, who was substituted at half-time due to illness, looks set to start.

David McGoldrick and Teddy Bishop are both out with hamstring problems, while former Wanderers loanee Giles Coke is unavailable due to be a knee complaint.

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

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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