Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Shrewsbury Town

  • December 26, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton begin their festive schedule at home to Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day, as they begin a big week of League One football.

Following defeat at Chesterfield last time out, Wanderers dropped to third place in the league standings - four points behind leaders Scunthorpe United, who they host at Macron Stadium on New Year's Eve.

Phil Parkinson's side have won eight successive games on their own turf and one more would represent their best sequence of results since March 1995, when Bruch Rioch's side beat Middlesbrough 1-0 at Burnden Park to complete a run of nine home victories in-a-row.

The current-day Wanderers boss has been reluctant to make changes to a winning team in recent weeks, but will be looking for a reaction after their recent reversal at the Proact Stadium and could rotate his squad ahead of three games in the space of a week.

One player that could come back into contention is Max Clayton, who hasn't featured in league competition since November 2015 due to a series of knee and hamstring injuries.

Clayton completed 60 minutes for the development squad as they won 3-2 at Leeds United last Monday and is pushing for a place amongst the substitutes, as are the likes of Chris Taylor, James Henry and Jamie Proctor - the latter two of whom were on target in that game.

Darren Pratley is closing in on a return from the broken leg which has kept him sidelined since the opening day of the season, but he may be kept out of action until the FA Cup tie against Crystal Palace on January 7, 2017.

Mark Davies (knee), Lewis Buxton (back), Dorian Dervite (knee) and Mark Howard (thumb) remain on the treatment table, but Parkinson has no fresh injury concerns as Bolton look to close the gap on Scunthorpe ahead of their top-of-the-table clash next weekend.

Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst may have Ajay Leitch-Smith available for the journey north, after he recovered from a knee problem which has kept him out for the last month.

Ryan McGivern is certain to miss out with a shoulder injury, although Shaun Whalley is pushing for a recall after coming off the substitutes' bench in the Shrews' 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers nine days ago.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Turner, Moxey, Beevers, Osede, A Taylor, Wilson, Wheater, Thorpe, Vela, C Taylor, Spearing, Trotter, Ameobi, Henry, Proctor, Clough, Anderson, Madine, Clayton

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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