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John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers hopeful on midfield duo's fitness ahead of Accrington but defender ruled out

Bolton Wanderers are hopeful of having midfield duo Josh Sheehan and Kyle Dempsey available for this weekend's trip to Accrington Stanley but defender Eoin Toal remains unavailable.

Wanderers travel to the Wham Stadium on Saturday seeking their first League One victory in four games. The Whites sit seventh as things stand and just outside the play-offs on goals scored behind Barnsley.

Ian Evatt has a near fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to East Lancashire. Though striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson came off in the midweek win over Leeds United's under-21s in the Papa Johns Trophy after rolling his ankle, the Iceland international should be fine.

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Sheehan will be monitored after being withdrawn at half-time of the 3-0 win with a back spasm. It is hoped Dempsey will be fit for the game too following the aftermath of a hip problem suffered in the loss to Cheltenham Town.

But defender Toal will miss the encounter as he has returning to running after a thigh strain picked up in a B team clash against Lincoln City. It is hoped he will be available for next Saturday's home game versus Oxford United.

Evatt said:“Jon is fine, he rolled his ankle but there’s no issues there. Josh is still sore today with that back spasm so we’ll just have to see how it settles down.

“It’s nothing major. I think we’ve all had back spasms at some point in our lives and they’re not very comfortable, so we’ll just keep monitoring him.

“Everyone else is okay. Kyle’s hip he banged up at Cheltenham, some of the swelling is dispersing into areas it probably shouldn’t and certain things have become a different colour - I don’t really need to go into detail there but we’ll see how he gets on! But he should be fine for the weekend.

“He’s (Toal) back running again, he’s probably not ready for this weekend but I would think certainly by next Saturday. Tuesday might come too soon, but certainly by next Saturday he’ll be fine.”

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