Bolton Wanderers Vs Fulham, Sat 6 Feb 2010

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Bolton manager Owen Coyle could recall striker Johan Elmander for the Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham.

Elmander might be handed his chance in this crucial home game as Ivan Klasnic remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Coyle looks set to include young on-loan midfielders Vladimir Weiss and Jack Wilshere in his squad while Stuart Holden remains doubtful with a thigh problem.

Ahead of the game, Coyle has promised to give supporters value for money at the Reebok Stadium.

Even though his side are facing a relegation battle he wants flowing football.

Coyle said: "We recognise when you have home backing and people work hard all week to support you, you want to give them something to shout about.

"It`s an exciting month but one we are looking forward to. When we are at home we have to use that to our advantage."

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson is still without a series of key players.

Simon Davies (ankle) could return after missing Wednesday's win over Portsmouth but long-term absentees Andy Johnson (knee), Paul Konchesky (foot), Clint Dempsey and John Pantsil (both knee ligaments) are all out.

Hodgson is hoping Zoltan Gera overcomes a knee injury while Erik Nevland has fully recovered from a toe injury and could replace Stefano Okaka alongside Bobby Zamora up front.

Ahead of the game, Hodgson admits is happy to put a disastrous January behind him - a month which he believes has cost his side the chance to fight for a place in Europe next year.

Last season Hodgson brought European football to Craven Cottage after he guided his side to an unlikely seventh-place finish.

The Cottagers made a slow start to this season before going on a good run which culminated in a 3-0 victory over Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United the week before Christmas.

That shock win raised expectations that Hodgson's men could make Europe again this year, but a recent run of five straight defeats was only halted by Wednesday's 1-0 win over rock bottom Portsmouth at Craven Cottage.

Hodgson's efforts have been blighted by a series of long-term injuries to key players like Johnson, Dempsey and Konchesky and the former Inter Milan manager is hoping for an improvement in form and luck in February.

"I don't think we're looking at Europe this year. I think we dropped too many points in January," said the 62-year-old. "The teams that are going to be European this year, which is only the top six, they're already 10-12 points ahead of us. Our chance of getting into Europe will be to win a cup competition."


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