Team News: Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers

  • February 12, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton's quest for an upturn in fortunes drops in on Birmingham City on Tuesday evening, with Garry Monk's side providing the opposition.

Defeat at home to Preston North End on Saturday left Wanderers four points from safety with 15 games left to play, having accumulated just eight points from the last possible 63 available - W1 D5 L15 - dating back to the start of October.

Phil Parkinson's side emerged victorious in this season's reverse fixture back in August, a result which put them into 3rd place in the early Championship table - while the Blues languished down in 20th position, still awaiting their first league win of the campaign.

Things have changed a little since then, however, with the Trotters fighting to secure another season in the division, while City begin the evening four points and two places outside the play-off places.

Bolton made the midweek journey to the Midlands boosted by the return of Ben Alnwick, who was named amongst the substitutes last time out after recovering from a combination of hip and back injuries.

Joe Williams is back in contention after returning to training last week to continue his rehabilitation from a thigh problem, while Mark Beevers will be assessed prior to kick-off after upping his own recovery from an Achilles injury.

A late decision will also be made on the fitness of Andrew Taylor, with Jonathan Grounds ineligible to feature against his parent club, so Callum Connolly may be asked to fill a potential void at left-back after starting in midfield last time out.

Should Connolly be utilised in a deeper position, Jason Lowe may step forward into midfield in a move that could see Pawel Olkowski return at right-back.

Luca Connell limped out of the weekend loss with a calf injury, with scans yet to determine the length of his absence. Yanic Wildschut (ankle) remains on the sidelines, where he could be joined by Marc Wilson as Parkinson prepares to yield the axe folloing the defender's poor performance last time out.

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

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