Bolton could face some serious selection problems at the weekend thanks to the suspension of two players.
It was confirmed earlier today that Saturday’s match against Millwall will go ahead. The game had been in doubt as it was unclear whether the club would have enough stewards present to guarantee the safety of fans at the game.
However, after the issues surrounding the possible postponing of the game, Bolton still have huge hurdles to overcome.
Last time out, Bolton lost away at Swansea City. Two goals in the final ten minutes gave the Welsh side all three points and left Bolton seven points from safety. The result left many questioning whether to write-off the Trotters this season.
During the match however, both Craig Noone and David Wheater both picked up red cards that left Wanderers with just nine men.
Finishing the game with just nine men was hardly ideal for Phil Parkinson’s side. But the two red cards mean that both Noone and Wheater picked up a suspension for Saturday’s Millwall clash.
As a result, Parkinson will have to delve into the depths of his squad to find suitable replacements.
The likely candidates to replace Noone and Wheater are Will Buckley and Jack Hobbs. Parkinson brought both of them on as subs after the two red cards at the weekend and they’ll almost certainly fill the void against Millwall.
The suspension problems couldn’t have come at a worse time for Bolton. The Millwall game is one of few winnable fixtures between now and the end of the season. It’ll be a shame that Wanderers won’t be at full strength. But is it too late to matter?