Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Sunderland

  • February 20, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to recover from back-to-back defeats on Tuesday, when they host fellow strugglers Sunderland at Macron Stadium.

Having lost on the road at both Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers over the past seven days, Wanderers host the Black Cats knowing three points will be vital on their quest to avoid relegation to League One at the end of the campaign.

Phil Parkinson's side will begin the evening two points and two places above the bottom three, having played a game more than both Hull City and Barnsley below them, while Sunderland, who are four points adrift of the Trotters, are only kept off the foot of the division by goal difference - ahead of Burton Albion.

After recovering from a disastrous start to the campaign to put safety in their own hands, Bolton have stuttered since the transfer deadline day sale of Gary Madine and now have to content with added absentees through injury and suspension.

Mark Little, who has adapted to life at the club superbly well since arriving on a free transfer from Bristol City last summer, begins a three-match suspension as a result of his sending off at QPR, while Josh Vela, who was substituted at half-time at Loftus Road, could be a doubt for the remainder of the campaign after suffering an ankle ligament injury.

Jon Flanagan is in contention to make his Wanderers debut in place of Little, although the versatility of Filipe Morais could see him jump to the front of the queue at right-back.

Vela's absence could hand Jem Karacan a first start since September, but news of Darren Pratley's availability may see him line-up alongside Karl Henry in midfield for the first time since New Year's Day when both were injured against Hull City.

Craig Noone (knee), Aaron Wilbraham (calf) and Will Buckley (hamstring) continue to be assessed, while the major decision Parkinson has to make is who to start in attack - with Zach Clough, Adam Le Fondre and Tyler Walker all pushing for inclusion.

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