Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City

  • September 04, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt will take charge of Bolton for the first time on Saturday, as they begin their 2020/21 campaign with a Carabao Cup first-round tie against Bradford City.

Appointed as the successor to Keith Hill in July, Evatt has overseen an extended eight-week pre-season schedule as he looks to shape a squad consisting of 16 new signings into a team capable of challenging for promotion between now and May.

Morale-boosting wins over non-league opposition in the form of Atherton Collieries, Bamber Bridge and Loughborough University, coupled with a 3-0 victory over Accrington Stanley, were somewhat soured by heavy defeats to Wigan Athletic and Crewe Alexandra, with the new Wanderers Head Coach admitting his players are far from the finished product.

189 days since it last hosted a game of competitive football, the University of Bolton Stadium will be closed to supporters for the forseeable future as Government regulations regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continue to restrict access to sporting venues.

Only essential personnel will be in attendance as the Trotters welcome the Bantams, with the hosts looking to progress beyond the first stage of the competition for the first time in three seasons - when they were eventually beaten 3-0 at West Ham United in Round Three.

Wanderers are likely to be without Dennis Politic for the entire season after he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in that aforementioned friendly win at Loughborough University, and he won't be the only name unavailable for selection.

Liam Edwards did not feature over the course of the summer, as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken kneecap suffered back in February, while Muhammadu Faal is facing up to the prospect of a couple of months on the sidelines with a foot injury.

Summer arrival Reiss Greenidge hasn't been risked in recent friendlies but is expected to come into contention, whilst the club's newest addition - Andrew Tutte - may only be fit enough for a place amonst the substitutes.

George Thomason and Callum King-Harmes have joined Bamber Bridge on loan and so drop out of the squad, although the likes of Adam Senior and Harry Brockbank remain despite efforts to provide them with regular development football elsewhere.

Sonny Graham had trained with Atherton Collieries and is expected to make a short-term move before October's transfer deadline, but he has gone into self isolation after a member of the Colls squad tested positive for Coronavirus - a problem which has not spread to Graham or the Wanderers squad, all of whom received negative test results on Thursday.

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