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Bolton Wanderers Vs Manchester City, 12/12/09

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Kevin Davies will return to the Bolton squad for the visit of Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League having served a one-match ban.

Davies, the club captain, was suspended for last weekend's defeat at Wolves after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign in the previous game against Fulham.

Gavin McCann and Johan Elmander picked up minor knocks in the match at Molineux but should be fit for selection.

Otherwise, aside from long-term absentees Sean Davis and Joey O'Brien, Gary Megson has a full squad to choose from.

Megson believes Bolton have been the victims of bad luck in recent games and will soon return to winning ways.

Wanderers host City looking to end a sequence of five league matches without victory.

After being thrashed by Chelsea and Aston Villa, Megson's side were beaten 2-0 at the Reebok Stadium by local rivals Blackburn and threw away a 1-0 lead at Fulham in a contest that finished 1-1.

Bolton then sunk below Wolves to 19th in the table last weekend after going down 2-1 at Molineux, but Megson insists it has been a run of bad fortune rather than bad form and is confident it will not be long before his team turns the corner.

"We are not that far away - we always look at the stats from the games," Megson said.

"We missed a sitter against Blackburn and then hit the bar, and 30 seconds later we are picking it out of the back of our net - that has cost us on that occasion.

"When we went down to Fulham we were 1-0 up and the lad crosses, it hits Gary Cahill on the shin and goes in the net.

"And last week we give a free-kick away after three minutes, there are two people offside when the ball goes in, and they stick it in. This will all be seen as excuses because of the situation we are in at the moment, but it is also facts.

"We have got good, honest players who will have a right good go. When we can get it right, we can get results as we have proven before.

"I don't think things are particularly falling for us at the moment, but we can feel sorry for ourselves or we can try and make things fall for us."


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Manchester City pair Craig Bellamy and Stephen Ireland are both available to face Bolton after sitting out the victory against Chelsea.

Bellamy had a knee injury - like Ireland - then suffered a touch of swine flu. Vladimir Weiss also had the illness but he too has made a swift recovery.

Micah Richards also comes into contention after limping out of the Chelsea game with a knee problem but Wayne Bridge is sidelined with a similar injury.

Meanwhile, manager Mark Hughes has no doubts at all that Robinho sees his future at Eastlands.

The Brazil forward made it clear in a television interview he is staying put, maybe for five or 10 years.

Robinho's comments, though, have come as no surprise to Hughes, who continues to dismiss speculation linking the player with a move to Barcelona.

Hughes said: "I know Robi's feelings. He is very happy around the place and with life in Manchester. He always has a smile on his face.

"He is playing alongside good players in a good team. He knows he can be successful with the club and the players that are here already. He likes the way we play and wants to be a part of that.

"Robi was frustrated earlier in the season because he wasn't playing. Now he is playing perhaps people will start speaking about his performances."

Robinho has returned to full fitness after a three-month absence because of an ankle injury.

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