Bolton v Everton: Match Preview

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Bolton Wanderers v Everton

Barclays Premier League

Reebok Stadium

Sat 26th Nov; KO: 1500

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Bolton are waiting on the fitness of on-loan Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata, after he began training again on Tuesday after three weeks out with a knee complaint.

Young defender Joe Riley will also miss out, as he tweaked his hamstring in training during the week. Riley only made his league debut against Stoke three weeks ago. Another defender, Ricardo Gardner has been ruled out, while David Ngog will also be missing.

Everton boss David Moyes is sweating on the fitness of three key players before his team travel to the Reebok. Phil Neville has a hamstring problem, Sylvain Distin has groin trouble and Jack Rodwell has a rib injury, picked while playing for England – all three missed last week's win over Wolves.

Phil Jagielka has been having painkilling injections to get him through games recently, and will continue to do so. Victor Anichebe is still out with a groin injury and will continue to be for the long term.

Coyle defiant after poor start

Bolton boss Owen Coyle insists his side have come a long way, despite their poor form so far.

The Trotters are currently struggling in the relegation zone having won just three games all season.

Coyle took over from Gary Megson last season when Bolton were second bottom and took them to a 14th place finish.

The Scot says that a number of factors, most notably injuries, have meant their early season results are misrepresentative of where they really are.

"There has been huge improvement at this club," he said. "We are two years down the line and the things we have put in place in terms of infrastructure have made it a better place.

"I have to stress, where we are at the moment is due to a number of things, some of which are out of our control.

"What I have to do is see through that and look at the bigger picture. It is not bravado, I know that by the end of the season, we will not be in the bottom three."

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