Team News: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

  • March 18, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Jimmy Phillips begins a second reign as interim manager at Bolton on Saturday, when they continue their quest for a first away win of the season at Bristol City.

Phillips, who previously took charge of Wanderers for three games in October 2012, a spell that began with victory over Bristol City, is expected to oversee the running of first-team activities until the end of the season and this week suggested he would look to field some young players by giving them a platform to impress.

But it is the return of a senior figure amongst the ranks that could provide a boost to the struggling side, with David Wheater in contention for a first outing in two months after returning to training following a hamstring injury.

Jay Spearing is unlikely to feature again this season, as Wanderers are unwilling to pay a £100,000 fee to Liverpool which would be activated on his next appearance, so Liam Trotter could retain his place after scoring against Preston North End last time out.

Liam Feeney is another name unavailable for selection, after he became the latest victim of cost-cutting measures at Macron Stadium by being sent out on loan to Ipswich Town for the remainder of the campaign.

Tom Walker may benefit from Feeney's departure, after Phillips' pledge to nurture younger players, while Josh Vela could return after losing his place in the team in recent weeks.

Zach Clough, who rejected a January move to Bristol City, could be in for a hostile reception on his first senior visit to Ashton Gate, as he looks set to start in the continued absence of Emile Heskey (hip) and Max Clayton (hamstring).

Dorian Dervite and Ben Amos (both ankle) also remain on the sidelines.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson could hand a first start to Peter Odemwingie, after he joined on loan from Stoke City.

Mark Little is available after sitting out last weekend's 2-1 win at Fulham with a hamstring injury, although Korey Smith is a major doubt as he continues to fight against an ankle problem.

Luke Ayling has apologised after being photographed urinating at Cheltenham Festival and is expected to be available for selection.

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

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