Bolton v Birmingham preview

Date published: Friday 1st May 2015 11:56

Walter Mazzarri: Dishes out the instructions

The defender was dismissed in Monday’s 3-0 loss to Bournemouth and will therefore serve a one-game ban and complete his season slightly earlier than his team-mates.

Wanderers have a glut of loanees and the likes of Adam Le Fondre and Barry Bannan are set to make their final appearances before returning to their parent clubs, while boss Neil Lennon could also run the rule over a number of the youngsters who were on the bench at Bournemouth including midfielder Kaiyne Woolery, who came on for his Trotters debut.

None of the injured players are ready to return to the Trotters’ fold so Matt Mills (ankle), Josh Vela (groin), Paddy McCarthy (ankle), Max Clayton (ankle), David Wheater (hamstring), Simeon Slavchev (ankle), Darren Pratley (hamstring), Craig Davies (hamstring) and Zach Clough (shoulder) are all sidelined once again.

Birmingham boss Gary Rowett is set to continue to experiment with his line-up.

The manager wanted to learn more about his team once they were safe and has tried a number of different formations since sealing survival.

Matt Green may be involved after he played in their Birmingham Senior Cup win in mid-week as he continues to recover from a long-term knee injury.

Blues will seal a top half finish with victory after Rowett took over when they were second bottom of the Sky Bet Championship in October.

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