Bolton Wanderers Vs Burnley, Tue 26 Jan 2010
Bolton Wanderers Vs Burnley: Match Preview
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is waiting on several late fitness tests before facing his old club Burnley.
Mark Davies, Ricardo Gardner, Gavin McCann and Matt Taylor are all battling slight injuries ahead of what promises to be a heated encounter following Coyle's defection to Bolton.
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There could also be a debut for Vladimir Weiss after the 20-year-old completed his move from Manchester City in time.
United States midfielder Stuart Holden is also poised to sign with the club, but is nursing a thigh injury and is unlikely to play any part.
Danny Shittu is still away on African Nations Cup duty with Nigeria.
Coyle admits it would be hypocritical of him to expect a warm reception from Burnley supporters after he spent more than two years encouraging them to be as passionate about the club as possible.
Coyle is set to feel the wrath of the fans who once idolised him, less than three weeks after his defection from Turf Moor.
Having guided Burnley into the top flight last summer for the first time in 33 years, Coyle went from hero to zero in the eyes of many of the club's supporters when he left for the Reebok Stadium earlier this month.
The Scot retains a strong affection for the Clarets but is ready to hear their supporters boo him when his old and new clubs go head-to head.
"People are disappointed that you have left and I understand that," Coyle said.
"I asked those same fans for that passion and desire over the course of two years, so I can't then start complaining about it if it seems to be that they have turned on me.
"We were always up against it, but what we did was more than remarkable and we took the fans along with it. We asked the fans for that passion and it is a remarkable football club. Whatever happens, that will never leave me.
"I'll always have a special place for Burnley football club and if fans want to come and vent their anger and frustration at me, then so be it.
"I asked them to be passionate, so I can't then say stop being passionate about your football club. They love their football club and rightly so."
Burnley boss Brian Laws should have strikers David Nugent and Steven Fletcher available.
Nugent was unavailable for the FA Cup defeat by Reading and Fletcher was suffering from a knock. Clarke Carlisle may return at centre-back but club captain Steven Caldwell (groin) is still missing.
Laws has warned his players against letting "all hell break loose" when the Clarets take on their former manager Coyle's new side.
Laws, whose side have not won away all season, or in any of their last 10 games, is looking for his first positive result after defeats in both of his first two games in charge.
He said: "We have to be very focused and channel the aggression, the upset and the turmoil in the right way and play our football in the right way.
"The last thing we want to do is channel it in the wrong way and for all hell to break loose."
Laws believes the players will not be distracted by the fact they are taking on Coyle's team but admits it adds some extra spice to the occasion.
"Footballers are footballers - they may be upset for 48 hours but they move on quickly and this is an opportunity to show everyone they are good enough to play in the Premier League," said Laws.
"As for me, I was always going to come up against him at some time so I might as well get it over with.
"It does adds spice to the game - and this is the kind of spice I was dreaming of experiencing as a Premier League manager. This is the place to be."
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