Bolton Wanderers v Hull City: team news
George Boyd will head straight into the Hull City squad for today’s trip to Bolton Wanderers after completing his loan switch from Peterborough United on Thursday.
The playmaker has travelled with his new team-mates but may have to settle for a place on the bench, with Steve Bruce reluctant to alter the side that provided him with a “complete performance” in victory over Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday.
Bruce has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to the Reebok Stadium and will be tempted to stick with the same starting XI that comfortably brushed aside an in-form Blackburn 2-0.
Central defenders Paul McShane (hamstring) and Abdoulaye Faye (calf) have both fallen victim to muscle strains this month, but will be hopeful of returning in time to face Birmingham City at the KC Stadium next weekend.
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Sone Aluko continues to endure a period of rest before a final decision is made over his Achilles surgery, while Matty Fryatt (also Achilles) will aim to step up his rehabilitation over the next month.
Joe Dudgeon (knee) has no chance of playing again this season but is making pleasing progress with City’s medical team.
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has been partial to tinkering with his struggling side and changes are expected for the visit of Hull City.
Spanish full-back Marcos Alonso is back in the squad after serving a one-match suspension for being sent off at Nottingham Forest.
The 22-year-old is most likely to return at left-back and that would mean the axe for former City defender Sam Ricketts, who was at fault for Derby’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw in midweek.
Freedman favours a 4-2-3-1 shape and his biggest dilemma will come in the Trotters’ attack.
Craig Davies, signed from Barnsley during January, veteran Kevin Davies and England U-21 international Marvin Sordell will all be in his plans, with wide ammunition coming from Chris Eagles and Chung-Yong Lee.
Bolton have their injury problems and will be without ex-Tiger Keith Andrews.
The midfielder has been plagued by an Achilles injury and is now suffering from a thigh strain. Defender Matt Mills also sits out with a hamstring problem.
The treatment room is at least no longer home to Stuart Holden and David Wheater.
Both have recovered from long-term knee injuries and are back if needed.