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John McDougall

Bolton predicted starting team vs Fleetwood as Bodvarsson, Afolayan & Williams questions posed

Bolton Wanderers will be seeking three points when they travel to take on Fleetwood Town tomorrow and some intriguing team selection decisions for the encounter.

An illness bug is currently making its way through the camp and Ian Evatt revealed a couple of players are struggling with it. Kyle Dempsey is also suspended for the clash against the Cod Army owing to his red card last weekend against Cambridge United.

Declan John has returned to the squad after overcoming an illness which kept him over of the trip to take on the U's. Wanderers are sweating over the fitness of Iceland international Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who was a late dropout against Cambridge, and the Whites will assess how the striker is in training today.

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Evatt said: "We’ve had a bit of illness in camp this week to be honest, so one or two are still suffering with that. Amadou is away with Sierra Leone. Other than that, all good.

“Jon is back in today (Thursday). He said he felt okay today, but it’ll be interesting to see how he feels tomorrow because it was quite a nasty bug that he had.

“Declan got over his a lot quicker. He trained really well today and I was pleased with him. Kieran Lee is off ill as well at the moment. We’ve got some illness around and we’ll just see how we manage that up to the weekend.”

Assuming the illness in the camp has passed by Saturday afternoon and in terms of goalkeeper, James Trafford should continue, while the back three is poised to line up once again as Gethin Jones, Ricardo Santos and George Johnston. The wing-backs could also remain the same, with Conor Bradley on the right and Jack Iredale on the left.

In central midfielder with Dempsey suspended, MJ Williams could come in to replace him in the middle of the park, having served his own suspension last weekend when he missed the trip to Cambridge United. Aaron Morley could start alongside him.

With Lee absent due to illness, Dapo Afolayan is a candidate to start in the number 10 role. Upfront, if Bodvarsson has sufficiently recovered from his own bout of illness and with Amadou Bakayoko on international duty with Sierra Leone, he could start the encounter, likely alongside Dion Charles.

Bolton Wanderers predicted starting team vs Fleetwood Town: Trafford; Jones, Santos, Johnston; Bradley, Williams, Morley, Iredale; Afolayan; Bodvarsson, Charles.

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