Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Grimsby Town

  • November 05, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton have serious issues with injuries and suspension, as they prepare to host Grimsby Town in their first FA Cup first-round tie in 23 years.

Not since a 3-2 victory over Gretna in November 1993 have Wanderers entered the competition at this stage, meaning they will have to progress through two rounds in order to advance into the third round stage they have become synonymous with in recent times.

If they are to avoid an upset at Macron Stadium, Bolton will have to do without the services of Jay Spearing, who has been ruled out for up to a month after tearing his groin in the warm-up to last weekend's win over Port Vale.

Liam Trotter was a late replacement for Spearing last time out and looks set to keep his place in midfield, but Derik Osede is unlikely to join him after suffering a back injury during training.

Josh Vela is also unavailable for selection, as he serves a one-match ban for accumulating five yellow cards in league action so far this season.

Tom Thorpe (ankle), Darren Pratley (broken leg) and Mark Davies (knee) continue to miss out, meaning the likes of Alex Perry and Jack Earing could be handed rare opportunities, alongside academy prospect Alex Samizadeh, while there could be a return to the substitutes' bench for long-term absentee Max Clayton.

Bolton hope to have Andrew Taylor, James Henry, Sammy Ameobi and Keshi Anderson available, but are awaiting final confirmation from their respective loan clubs and The FA before deciding upon their inclusion.

Grimsby head to the Macron without a manager, following Paul Hurst's decision to join Shrewsbury Town, so Dave Moore will continue in his role as caretaker boss ahead of the much reported appointment of Solihull Moors gaffer Marcus Bignot.

The Mariners look set to be without both Ben Davies and Ashley Chambers for their trip across the Pennines, as Moore hopes to name a similar side to the one that drew at Yeovil Town last time out.

Scott Vernon and James Berrett were surprise additions to the starting line-up in that game at Huish Park, but Kayden Jackson and Dominic Vose are both in contention for recalls as the League Two play-off hopefuls look to claim an FA Cup upset.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Jaaskelainen, Buxton, Moxey, Dervite, Beevers, Wilson, Wheater, C Taylor, Trotter, Perry, Earing, Proctor, Clough, Madine, Clayton, Samizadeh

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