Team News: Nottingham Forest v Bolton Wanderers

  • May 04, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will bring the curtain down on an apathetic campaign with a trip to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.

Two weeks since suffering a fifth consecutive defeat - going down 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers on Easter Monday - relegated Wanderers have been through the mire with continuous speculation over their very existence, player strikes and, in one confirmed case, a resignation.

Whilst the ongoing battle between outgoing chairman Ken Anderson and prospective owner Laurence Bassini continues, with minimal input from the EFL, the Trotters were forced into forfeiting a rearranged fixture against Brentford - with the Bees handed all three points by virtue of a 1-0 victory.

That left a sour taste in the mouths of supporters, season ticket holders especially, and it is understood a small pocket of just 400 will be making the trip to the City Ground to see many players represent their club one final time.

Pawel Olkowski will almost certainly be left out, after serving notice to terminate his contract last Saturday. Unless a mutual arrangement can be found, the Poland international will forgo the final year of his existing deal by departing the club this coming Thursday.

A defence which has shipped at least two goals in each of the last eight games is set to become even weaker, at least on paper, with both David Wheater and Mark Beevers considered major doubts.

Beevers picked up a hamstring injury at Blackburn last time out, while Wheater tweaked a groin in defeat at home to Aston Villa on Good Friday.

Jack Hobbs has been nursing a persistent back problem for a good couple of months, leaving Marc Wilson as the only fit senior option at the heart of the backline.

That could open the door for youth options such as Harry Brockbank and Joe Muscatt, although Jonathan Grounds, Mark Little and Callum Connolly could all be utilised in unfamiliar positions if deemed necessary.

Joe Williams, like Beevers before him, is struggling with a hamstring problem and may be forced to sit out the final game of his loan spell from Everton.

That may open the door for Yanic Wildschut to start for the first time since January, after he recently recovered from surgery on a long-term ankle ligament injury.

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