Team News: Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers

  • January 21, 2022 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton will look to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since October when they travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

After winning five of their opening 11 league fixtures this campaign, Wanderers occupied 7th position in League One and found themselves just four points shy of Wigan Athletic at the summit of the table.

Since then, however, Ian Evatt's side have tasted victory in just three of their subsequent 14 outings - beating relegation-threatened Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers in November, before seeing off Ipswich Town at the University of Bolton Stadium last time out - sliding to 17th in the process.

Their win over Salop back in October was the last time the Trotters won successive league fixtures and a repeat performance could lift them as high as 13th should results elsewhere go their way.

Having added Dion Charles, Marlon Fossey, Aaron Morley and James Trafford to the squad in the early part of the window, Wanderers could field another debutant at Montgomery Waters Meadow after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson joined on a free transfer from Millwall.

Bodvarsson hasn't featured in league competition since the Lions' 4-1 success over Bristol City last May but is fit to play after representing Iceland in international friendlies over the past fortnight.

Fossey, who shifted into a more advanced role following Gethin Jones' return to action last weekend, has been given the all-clear after undergoing an exploratory scan earlier in the week, but Xavier Amaechi remains unavailable.

The on-loan Hamburg winger is continuing to recover from a hamstring strain and is expected to return to training ahead of next weekend's clash with Sunderland.

Josh Sheehan has returned to Lostock to begin the rehabilitation process on his anterior cruciate ligament injury, while Elias Kachunga is also sidelined long-term with a torn thigh.

Andrew Tutte was due to be back at this stage after tearing a hamstring at the start of the campaign but cautious steps are being taken after he suffered a setback with his calf.

Bolton Wanderers: from: Dixon, Trafford, Hutchinson, Jones, John, Santos, Johnston, Fossey, Aimson, Baptiste, Gordon, Senior, Williams, Morley, Afolayan, Lee, Thomason, Darcy, Delfouneso, Bodvarsson, Charles, Bakayoko

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 80
8 Oxford United 46 76
9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
11 Ipswich Town 46 70
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Poll

Who is Bolton's 2021/22 Player of the Year?
32.58% Oladapo Afolayan
30.96% Gethin Jones
21.72% Ricardo Almeida Santos
5.51% Declan John
4.05% Kieran Lee
3.08% MJ Williams
1.78% Joel Dixon
0.32% George Johnston