English League Championship

  • Sky Bet Ch'ship
  • 29 Dec 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Macron Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Bolton Wanderers

3-1

Birmingham City

Marcos Alonso 27
Chung-Yong Lee 33
Keith Andrews 79 (pen)
Nikola Zigic 11

Bolton v Birmingham preview

Friday 28th December 2012 10:24

Kevin Davies: Back for Bolton

Kevin Davies: Back for Bolton

Bolton skipper Kevin Davies could return to the starting XI for Saturday's Championship clash with Birmingham at the Reebok Stadium.

Davies missed the Boxing Day defeat to Sheffield Wednesday after serving a one-match ban and could replace Benik Afobe.

Marvin Sordell is also pushing for inclusion to partner David Ngog in the Trotters' attack.

Defender Sam Ricketts was replaced by Marcos Alonso against the Owls but manager Dougie Freedman expects him to be fit for the visit of the Blues.

Defender Matt Mills (thigh) and midfielder Mark Davies (shoulder) remain on the sidelines alongside knee-injury victims Stuart Holden, David Wheater and Josh Vela.

Jonathan Spector boasts an outside chance of returning for Birmingham after missing the last three matches with an ankle injury.

Fellow American Will Packwood missed the 2-1 Boxing Day win at Barnsley due to illness and the defender will also be assessed.

Otherwise, manager Lee Clark does not expect any further players to return to the fold in time for the encounter as Blues aim for back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

That means strikers Marlon King (knee), Peter Lovenkrands (calf) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring), midfielders Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) and Darren Ambrose (knee) as well as defenders Paul Caddis (hamstring), David Murphy and Stephen Carr all remain absent.

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