Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Millwall

  • April 10, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Phil Parkinson takes charge of Bolton for the 100th time on Tuesday, as they play host to Millwall at Macron Stadium.

Parkinson, who succeeded Neil Lennon as Wanderers boss in June 2016, guided the club to the Championship as League One runners-up in his debut campaign and the result of their final midweek game of the current season could go a long way towards determining which division they will ply their trade from next August.

The Trotters will begin the evening just two points clear of the relegation zone with just five matches left to play, having lost their last three in succession.

Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Derby County raised fresh concerns for Parkinson, who must lift his players during the closing weeks in order to avoid an immediate return to the third tier.

His task has been made all the more difficult of late, with both Karl Henry and Jan Kirchhoff being laid down with hamstring injuries. Henry may be fit to feature, but Kirchhoff could be a doubt for the rest of the season and is definitely out of the clash with the Lions.

Darren Pratley continues to battle an ongoing leg problem but will be considered for selection, as could Filipe Morais as he looks to overcome a slight niggle which has kept him sidelined since the Good Friday loss at Leeds United.

Chinedu Obasi has yet to feature for the first-team since his arrival in March and a groin injury means any potential debut will be delayed, possibly opening the door for Connor Hall to make his senior bow after netting his 20th goal of the season for the under-23 squad last week.

David Wheater, who is just three games shy of 200 in a Wanderers shirt, is reportedly due an appearance bonus once that milestone is achieved, meaning financial factors could see him frozen out of a number of upcoming fixtures.

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

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