Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Coventry City

  • August 09, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton return to the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday, where a record low league crowd is expected for their clash with Coventry City.

The weekend's clash will mark 113 days since Wanderers last turned out on home soil - a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Good Friday - and with supporters having less than 24 hours to purchase tickets, numbers are likely to drop below the 10,180 that attended a Division One fixture with Queens Park Rangers in October 2000.

Despite their adamance that the game would go ahead, concerns were raised on Wednesday morning when ticket sales were suspended just 10 minutes before they were due to out to the public.

The promise of an update on Thursday morning wasn't forthcoming, before news broke late afternoon that Laurence Bassini - the former Watford owner - had successfully obtained an injunction which prevented administrators from concluding a sale of the club to the Football Ventures consortium.

Despite those off-field events, tickets - marginally reduced from their original prices - went on sale to fans just before 11am on Friday. More than 7,000 had been sold by mid-afternoon, including 1,600 visiting from Coventry, with contrasting messages from both clubs as to whether they would be available for purchase on the day of the match itself.

Only five senior players made the trip to Wycombe Wanderers last time out, prior to an announcement that Harry Brockbank, Josh Earl and James Weir had been granted EFL approval on contracts.

Josh Magennis, who remained behind due to strike action, has since been sold to Hull City. With Connor Hall unavailable after undergoing ankle surgery on Friday, Bolton will have no recognised senior forward in their squad.

Like Hall, Earl also had an operation on his injured ankle on Friday and is expected to miss between two and three months of playing action, but that could be the least of concerns for Wanderers with doubts over the entire squad.

Manager Phil Parkinson revealed his team will be 'younger than the one we fielded last weekend at Wycombe', with no guarantees that any of his senior options will make themselves available for selection.

Disputes continue to be had over the payment of wages dating back to March, with previous reports that they had been paid in full appearing to be wide of the mark - with deductions made over previous loans from the Professional Footballers' Association.

Of those who remain, Yoan Zouma and a number of others face late fitness checks after struggling with cramp in the opening-day defeat at Adams Park.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Alnwick, Matthews, Brockbank, Edwards, Zouma, Boon, Senior, White, Lowe, Murphy, Oztumer, Weir, Politic, Graham, King-Harmes, Darcy, Brown

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