Team News: Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United U21

  • November 17, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Ian Evatt is expected to name an experimental side on Tuesday as Bolton bring a close to their Papa John's Trophy schedule at home to Newcastle United U21.

With both clubs already eliminated from the competition with a group game to spare, EFL rules are all that stand in the way of Wanderers fielding an entirely different team to the one that beat Salford City this past Friday.

Many have questioned whether the tie should actually take place due to a lack of importance placed upon it, but Evatt admits players who have been overlooked in recent weeks should use it as an opportunity to push themselves for a more regular slot in the matchday squad.

Amongst those players is goalkeeper Billy Crellin, who, it has been confirmed, will be recalled to the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench last time out following a number of high-profile mistakes.

Matt Gilks looks set to start in league action at Stevenage at the weekend but an impressive display for Crellin against the Magpies could force the Trotters Head Coach into a potential rethink by the end of the week.

Gethin Jones covered over 11.5km in what was his first game in six weeks and could be rested, as could the likes of Antoni Sarcevic, Ali Crawford and Nathan Delfouneso, all of whom have played through minor complaints.

Liam Gordon, George Taft, Jak Hickman, Jamie Mascoll, Reiss Greenidge, Brandon Comley, Lloyd Isgrove, Ronan Darcy and Shaun Miller will all come into contention, as could academy names such as Adam Senior, Sonny Graham, Finlay Lockett, Kian Le Fondre and Regan Riley.

Harry Brockbank (hamstring), Liam Edwards (knee) and Dennis Politic (knee) remain sidelined long-term, while Muhammadu Faal dropped out of the squad last week after joining non-league Barnet on loan.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Crellin, Gilks, Alexander, Hutchinson, Jones, Gordon, Taft, Santos, Delaney, Hickman, Mascoll, Greenidge, Baptiste, Kioso, Senior, Whalley, Comley, Sarcevic, Crawford, White, Darcy, Tutte, Isgrove, Graham, King-Harmes, Lockett, Conway, Tweedley, Le Fondre, Riley, Fitzmartin, Delfouneso, Doyle, Amoateng, Miller, Gnahoua

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