Coyle gives youth a chance

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Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle will use Wednesday's night's Carling Cup second tie with Macclesfield Town as an opportunity to field several of the club's talented young players.

The Trotters travel to Liverpool this weekend in the Barclays Premier League, after facing Manchester City on Sunday in a bruising encounter at the Reebok Stadium.

And Coyle has revealed that for the visit of Macclesfield, a combination of his young and fringe players will be given the opportunity to impress.

“I’ll make changes,” said Coyle. “Adam Blakeman was on the bench and you might see one or two of the young reserves, like Joe Riley and Mark Connolly, popping up in the game.

“It’s been tough on the lads who came on against Manchester City [Darren Pratley and Mark Davies] because they probably deserved a starting slot but, ultimately, I can only start 11.”


Blakeman was a substitute during Bolton's defeat to City and can play with left back or central midfield and scored for the reserves int eh club's defeat to Swansea.

One player who missed out against City on Sunday, was new signing Tuncay.

The Turk has yet to make an appearance for Bolton since his switch from Wolfsburg, but paperwork issues should resolve themselves in time for the forward to make his debut against Macclesfield.

“Hopefully that will be resolved at the start of the week,” Coyle added.

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