Alonso blow for Bolton

Defender Marcos Alonso will miss Bolton’s St Stephen's Day clash against Newcastle after being ruled out for four to six weeks to undergo surgery to replace a pin in his foot.

Defender Marcos Alonso will miss Bolton’s St Stephen's Day clash against Newcastle after being ruled out for four to six weeks to undergo surgery to replace a pin in his foot.

Defender David Wheater is back in contention after he served the final game of a four-match suspension against Blackburn on Tuesday.

Midfielder Sean Davis and defender Sam Ricketts stepped up their bids for a first-team comeback with a game for the reserves against Oldham this week.

Provisional squad: Jaaskelainen, Wheater, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Eagles, Robinson, Muamba, Petrov, K Davies, Klasnic, Tuncay, Bogdan, M Davies, Pratley, Ngog, Blake, Kakuta, Reo-Coker.

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