Bolton v Stoke preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:51

Bolton v Stoke preview

Ricardo Gardner joins the list of absentees for Bolton.
Gardner is serving a one-match ban after being sent off in last week’s 3-1 defeat at Swansea for collecting two yellow cards, and is likely to be replaced by Paul Robinson, who was benched for the game at the Liberty Stadium.
Boss Owen Coyle, without long-term injured Tyrone Mears, Lee Chung-yong, Stuart Holden, Sean Davis and Sam Ricketts, has no fresh concerns going into the game.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is keeping his fingers crossed that a number of his key players will have recovered from injury in time for the trip to the Trotters.
Neither Ryan Shawcross nor Marc Wilson travelled to Israel for Thursday night’s Europa League clash with Maccabi Tel Aviv after picking up muscle injuries in the defeat by Newcastle on Monday while Matthew Etherington (back), Jermaine Pennant and Rory Delap were only fit enough for the bench.
Danny Higginbotham came through 90 minutes on his return from seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury while Cameron Jerome and Jonathan Woodgate are back in the squad after missing the Tel Aviv trip through suspension and ineligibility respectively.
Bolton (from): Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Eagles, Robinson, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic, Tuncay, Bogdan, M Davies, Pratley, Ngog, Blake, Kakuta.
Stoke (from): Begovic, Sorensen, Nash, Huth, Upson, Woodgate, Shawcross, Wilson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Whitehead, Diao, Etherington, Walters, Jerome, Shotton, Arismendi, Pennant, Delap, Crouch, Palacios, Jones, Higginbotham.

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