Bolton V Blackpool at Reebok Stadium : Match Preview

24 March 2014 04:31
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Baptise banned for Bolton

Alex Baptise's suspension will force Bolton into another defensive reshuffle for the derby game with Blackpool.

The full-back saw red in the 2-2 draw with Yeovil on Saturday for bringing down Kevin Dawson and now serves a one-match ban.

Filling the full-back regions has been a problem for boss Dougie Freedman all season but Matt Mills (knee) could come into his thinking which would free up Tim Ream to move across the back four. The American looks almost certain to plug that gap with Marc Tierney (broken leg) still some way off a return.

Right-back Joe Riley is also absent once more because of a knee problem and Stuart Holden will not play again this season after recently tearing his cruciate again.

Robert Earnshaw will hope to make his Blackpool debut.

The experienced striker, 32, joined the Seasiders late last Friday night and although he did not get international clearance in time to play in their 1-0 win over Huddersfield the next day, he will swell caretaker boss Barry Ferguson's attacking ranks at the Reebok Stadium.

Ferguson will likely be unable to call upon defender Kirk Broadfoot, who has gone for a scan on a knee injury which forced him off in the first half of Saturday's victory.

Blackpool are also without forward Steve Davies following last week's news he could miss the rest of the season with a groin problem.

Source: PA