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John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers predicted starting team vs Barnsley as injury rules out Aimson & Isgrove

Bolton Wanderers take on Barnsley in the first round of the FA Cup this weekend.

Wanderers will be seeking to progress to the second round of the world's oldest domestic club cup competition with victory over the Tykes. Not only is a place in the next stage on offer for the victors, but prize money of £41,000.

Whites boss Ian Evatt has a near fully fit squad to choose from for tomorrow's encounter. But he will be without defender Will Aimson and Lloyd Isgrove owing to hamstring injuries picked up by the pair.

READ MORE: Bolton Wanderers defender & winger suffer hamstring injury blows ahead of Barnsley FA Cup tie

He said: "Everyone is available and healthy apart from Lloyd. It is not the same injury but it is the same hamstring. It is probably the amount he did in that week.

"He has just got a small tear in the lower part of that hamstring, which is probably three to four weeks. And Will, a bit more of a significant hamstring injury from the B Team game which will probably be six weeks.

In terms of team selection for tomorrow's encounter, Evatt faces a choice between James Trafford and Joel Dixon as goalkeeper and could keep faith with the Manchester City loanee. In defence, Eoin Toal is a possibility to come into the back three.

In central midfield, MJ Williams is suspended for next weekend's trip to Cambridge United, so could line up in the middle of the park for the encounter and Josh Sheehan could join him. With Isgrove injured, Conor Bradley could start at right wing-back, with Declan John a possibility on the left flank after being absent from recent matchday squads.

In the number 10 role, Kieran Lee is a potential starter in that position. Upfront, Evatt has a fully fit compliment of strikers to choose from after Amadou Bakayoko missed last weekend's loss to Oxford United owing to injury.

Predicted Bolton Wanderers starting team vs Barnsley: Trafford; Toal, Santos, Iredale; Bradley, Williams, Sheehan, John; Lee; Afolayan, Bodvarsson.

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