Team News: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

  • January 12, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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They say a week is a long time in football, and that is something that certainly rings true at Bolton Wanderers.

It's almost hard to believe that it has been just seven days since Phil Parkinson's side secured their passage into the fourth round of the FA Cup with victory over Walsall.

But such has been the rollercoaster of events at the University of Bolton Stadium ever since, the actual on-field business of football has rather embarrassingly taken a back seat.

An ongoing battle between owner Ken Anderson and his counterpart at Forest Green Rovers, Dale Vince, has dominated headlines throughout the week, whilst talk of a proposed fans' protest prior to the home clash with West Bromwich Albion on January 21 continues to gather pace.

Attentions turn back to the field on Saturday, however, with Wanderers in action at Ashton Gate - a ground on which they have lost by an aggregate scoreline of 8-0 on their previous two visits.

Parkinson will be without the services of Christian Doidge, who has returned to Forest Green following the collapse of a previously agreed transfer, while backup goalkeeper Remi Matthews falls into the same category after he went back to parent club Norwich City.

An extension on an existing deal for Lloyd Dyer looks to have been shelved, while hopes of retaining the services of Gary O'Neil continue after discussions with the EFL - although the midfielder will miss the weekend game through injury in any case.

Also missing will be Joe Williams (thigh) and Yanic Wildschut (ankle), with both set for lengthy spells on the sidelines, although Bolton could be boosted by the return of Sammy Ameobi after he missed the cup tie against the Saddlers last time out with an ankle problem.

Pawel Olkowski may have played his way back into contention at right-back, with Jason Lowe possibly set for a move back into his more natural midfield role, especially with illness set to stretch the squad with Craig Noone and Josh Vela rated as major doubts.

Marc Wilson could return following injury, though, while Jack Hobbs and Andrew Taylor have trained this week after recovering from knocks of their own.

Josh Magennis became the first Wanderers player to score a hat-trick since September 2014 with his treble against Walsall and he is likely to be handed a first start in a month, with just Clayton Donaldson and Connor Hall available as competition.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, B Williams, Turner, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Hobbs, Olkowski, Wilson, Grounds, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, J Williams, Pritchard, Connell, Donaldson, Magennis, Hall

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