Team News: Cheltenham Town v Bolton

  • November 08, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton travel to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday, knowing only an eighth successive victory will be enough to see them progress in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Following defeat at home to Everton U23 on matchday one, Wanderers bounced back with a 1-0 win over Blackpool in their most recent game in the competition, but sit bottom of the group with just one match remaining - with goal difference all that separates the four sides.

Cheltenham, who won promotion from the National League last season, are unbeaten in eight matches going into the midweek clash, but Phil Parkinson's side are looking to emulate an achievement last made between October and December 1990, by racking up an astonishing eight wins in a row.

Under competition rules, five players who began Bolton's last match must remain in the line-up at the LCI Rail Stadium. One of those, however, will not be in-form goalkeeper Mark Howard, as he rests up after suffering from a dead leg.

Ben Alnwick will instead start between the sticks, with William Jaaskelainen set to be named amongst the substitutes after Jake Turner linked up with the England under-18 squad for upcoming internationals against Poland and France.

Josh Vela is available after serving a one-match suspension and could return in midfield, while opportunities may also be handed to the likes of James Henry and Chris Taylor, who are in desperate need of game time.

Max Clayton is also in contention for a first start since November 30, 2015, after he returned to the first-team as an unused substitute for the weekend win over Grimsby Town.

David Wheater will be assessed for a facial wound but should be cleared to feature, although Dorian Dervite is on standby for a first outing since February after recovering from a long-term knee complaint.

Bolton remain without the services of Jay Spearing (groin), Tom Thorpe (ankle), Mark Davies (knee) and Darren Pratley (broken leg), while doubts continue to linger over the fitness of both Derik Osede and Gary Madine.

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

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Pos Team Pld Pts
2 Peterborough United 4 9
3 Portsmouth 4 8
4 Bolton Wanderers 4 8
5 Exeter City 4 7
6 Charlton Athletic 4 7
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