Team News: Norwich City v Bolton Wanderers

  • February 24, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Having put survival in their own hands with victory over Sunderland on Tuesday, Bolton hit the road at the weekend with a journey to Norwich City.

By registering all three points against the Black Cats, Wanderers moved four points and three places clear of the relegation zone but will have to bring an end to a miserable away record if they are to extend that gap on Saturday.

The Trotters have won just one of their last 41 away games at this level - 1-0 at Sheffield United in December - and have lost on each of their last three visits to Carrow Road, last tasting success in their promotion campaign of 2000/01 under Sam Allardyce.

With the current season entering the business end, current boss Phil Parkinson is having to contend with injury and suspension issues as his paper-thin squad is stretched to the maximum.

Knowing Josh Vela would already be absent with an ankle ligament injury, as well as Mark Little in the midst of a three-match ban, he will also have to do without the services of Karl Henry after his 10th yellow card of the season last time out earned him a two-match suspension of his own.

Jem Karacan made his first start since September during the week and could continue to feature in holding midfield, although other options including Derik Osede and a possible debut for Jan Kirchhoff could come into contention.

Craig Noone (knee) and Will Buckley (hamstring) remain doubts, although Aaron Wilbraham overcame a long-standing calf issue to start against Sunderland and could continue in attack.

Adam Le Fondre, who impressed as a substitute in midweek, could be handed a starting role in place of Wilbraham, although on loan duo Zach Clough and Tyler Walker will also be pushing for inclusion from the off.

Jeff King, who has made three senior appearances so far this campaign, has dropped out of the equation after joining FC United of Manchester on a one-month loan deal.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Howard, Turner, A Taylor, Dervite, Beevers, Flanagan, Robinson, Osede, Darby, Wheater, Burke, Karacan, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Charsley, Pratley, Morais, Kirchhoff, Le Fondre, Wilbraham, Walker, Clough

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20 AFC Wimbledon 35 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 32
22 Southend United 35 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 14
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