Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Shrewsbury Town

  • December 29, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton could move off the foot of the League One table on Sunday, as they close the decade at home to Shrewsbury Town.

With Southend United not in action until New Year's Day, Wanderers will leapfrog their fellow strugglers with victory over a team managed by former Trotters defender Sam Ricketts - who was an unused substitute in the club's first game of the decade, a 4-0 win over Lincoln City in the third round of the FA Cup.

Keith Hill's side have picked up four points from a possible six over the festive period and will look to end the year on a high, as they look to build a squad in the January transfer window that is capable of achieving the impossible dream and avoiding relegation to League Two at the end of the campaign.

Sunday's fixture could prove to be the last for a number of Bolton players, with Thibaud Verlinden, Liam Bridcutt and Jake Wright all due to return to their parent clubs over the coming days following the expiry of their respective loan deals.

The trio may yet come into contention for Wednesday's clash with Burton Albion, but Adam Chicksen and the injured Will Buckley will fall out-of-contract prior to that meeting with the Brewers.

Buckley hasn't figured since October and he is likely to be joined by fellow absentees Joe Bunney, Jack Hobbs, Ali Crawford and Eddie Brown, as they fight their own individual problems.

Harry Brockbank is close to a return and will battle both Yoan Zouma and Liam Edwards for a place amongst the substitutes, where Matthew Alexander will continue to provide backup for goalkeeper Remi Matthews after Ben Alnwick's departure from the club was confirmed on Boxing Day.

Luke Murphy became a father to a baby daughter last Sunday but remains eligible for selection after featuring against Sunderland last time out.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Matthews, Alexander, Emmanuel, Wright, Chicksen, Brockbank, Edwards, Zouma, Boon, Earl, Senior, Lowe, L Murphy, Weir, Verlinden, Politic, Bridcutt, Graham, King-Harmes, D Murphy, O'Grady, Dodoo, Hall, Darcy

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Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Colchester United 23 30
16 Port Vale 25 29
17 Bolton Wanderers 24 28
18 Harrogate Town 22 26
19 Scunthorpe United 24 26
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