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Rotherham United’s first game of 2022 sees Bolton Wanderers visiting the New York Stadium.

The Millers last game at home to Lincoln was postponed due to Covid related issues with the travelling side while Wanderers haven’t played a game since 11 December having, like the Imps, Covid in the camp.

Coming into this game after dropping down to second last night Rotherham’s last game, on Boxing Day saw them lose one-nil, saw them lose their unbeaten twenty-one game run so they will be hoping to get back to winning ways. The last home game for the Millers was a three-one win over Burton Albion.

Bolton’s last away game, the last game they played, was, like the Millers, a one-nil defeat at the Wham Stadium and they are currently fifteenth in League One.

Speaking to the Official Site Millers Manager Paul Warne thinks that Bolton are a ‘very good League One side’ saying, ‘They started well and have always been right in their games while also having the vast majority of possession. They haven’t had a competitive game for three weeks but they are coached well and have had few days on the training pitch so I can’t see it having much of an impact on them.’

Paul Warne’s side seems to be all fit with the only one missing being Angus MacDonald although news is that he is getting nearer to match fitness.

Wanderers Manager Ian Evatt told the Manchester Evening News that there will be ‘key members’ of his team missing for the trip on Saturday. He also went on to say ‘those who have returned from Covid are struggling to deal with intense training. What I can say is that it’s really challenging at the moment having to put on training sessions and the players that have been symptomatic returning to training are really struggling with their breathing.’

Wanderers will be without long term injured Josh Sheehan and Lloyd Isgrove but some good news is that Gethin Jones and Amadou Bakayoko could have overcome injury problems and be in the travelling squad.  Xavier Aamechi will also be missing as he is waiting for international clearance after having his loan extended.

The referee for this game is County Durham’s Geoff Eltringham.

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