Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

  • February 08, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's mounting injury concerns will be at the forefront of Phil Parkinson's mind on Saturday, as his side prepare to host Preston North End.

Having fielded a patched up defence that included Jason Lowe in last weekend's defeat at Sheffield United, Wanderers go into the Lancashire derby fearful that Andrew Taylor could be missing with a calf injury, while Jack Hobbs faces a month on the sidelines after suffering an Achilles problem.

That would force Parkinson into two changes at the back, with Jonathan Grounds the natural replacement for Taylor, while Callum Connolly, Mark Little and Marc Wilson could all come into contention at right-back should Lowe be preferred in midfield.

Goalkeeper Ben Alnwick has missed the last three games with a combination of back and hip injuries, but he could make his return in place of Remi Matthews should be prove his fitness prior to kick-off.

Pawel Olkowski remains sidelined with the calf problem sustained in the recent draw with Reading, while Joe Williams (thigh) and Yanic Wildschut are also unavailable for selection.

Mark Beevers remains doubtful due to an Achilles injury of his own, leaving the Trotters desperately short of defensive options.

Josh Vela has worked his way back into the team following the arrival of his first child and could continue in midfield, although Craig Noone and Will Buckley are pushing for recalls and may step in at the expense of Luca Connell.

Connor Hall continues to be overlooked in attack, with either Clayton Donaldson or Josh Magennis expected to start ahead of him - neither of which have found the net in league competition since September.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, B Williams, Turner, Little, Taylor, Beevers, Connolly, Wilson, Grounds, Wheater, Lowe, Vela, Oztumer, Ameobi, Buckley, Noone, Murphy, O'Neil, Dyer, Pritchard, Connell, Donaldson, Magennis, Hall

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19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 9
22 Southend United 12 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -8
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Poll

Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone