Bolton V Scunthorpe at Macron Stadium : Match Preview

29 December 2016 08:34
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Jay Spearing available for Bolton's clash with leaders Scunthorpe

Bolton assistant Steve Parkin has allayed fears about Jay Spearing ahead of the clash with fellow promotion-hopefuls Scunthorpe.

Wanderers will overtake the Iron, currently at the top of League One, should they win and they will have Spearing available after he returned to training from the knock that forced him off against Shrewsbury.

Jamie Proctor (shoulder) will be missing but long-term absentees Max Clayton (knee) and Darren Pratley (broken leg) are fit enough to make their senior returns if required.

Full-back Lewis Buxton (back) may be recalled but Phil Parkinson is unlikely to shake things up for a team that have won nine successive home games in all competitions.

Manager Graham Alexander is hopeful the trip to Bolton will not be the last match for on-loan Norwich defender Harry Toffolo.

The 21-year-old is the club's only recognised left-back after Conor Townsend underwent a groin operation and although his deal expires on New Year's Day, Alexander is confident his parent club will extend his stay.

He is also hoping to keep hold of Richie Smallwood even though Rotherham have the option of recalling him in January.

Fellow midfielder Jamie Ness, out since late November, could come back in to freshen up the squad over the busy festive period.

Source: PAR