Bolton Wanderers will try to resume normal business as much as they possibly can this weekend when Blackburn rovers visit the Reebok in a massive battle at the bottom of the table. Last weekend's events at White Hart Lane may have caused a fair bit of mental distress to a number of the lads as one of their own and a dear friend lay motionless on the pitch with doctors doing as much as they humanly could to keep his heart going.
Bolton will hopefully be buoyed by the news of Fabrice Muamba's progress at the London Chest Hospital because they'll certainly need it against a Blackburn Rovers side that seems to have found their feet after two successive wins last week.
The club is planning a tribute to Fabrice by placing cards at the lower tier of the East End. When all of the cards are held up together by the crowd, there will be a message of "MUAMBA 6" in the stands prior to kickoff. Owen Coyle has told his Bolton Wanderers that any players not feeling up to the task of playing following the near tragedy in London are allowed to sit out this weekend but it looks like no one has taken him up on the offer and the boys are ready and willing to do it for Fab.
Apart from Muamba, there are no new injury concerns for the men in white. Look for the lineup to be similar to the 4-5-1 played against Tottenham in the FA Cup with the (obvious) need for a change in center midfield. Coyle may recall David Ngog who was on the bench last weekend in place of Ivan Klasnic who got the crucial winner against QPR. At center back, we expect Coyle to start Tim Ream and David Wheater once again as both were rested against Tottenham.
Blackburn's only injury concern is Gael Givet who is out with a hamstring. They will likely play a similar lineup to the ones in their wins against Sunderland and Wolves.
If Bolton wins this classic relegation six-pointer, it will be the first time in 34 league games with two wins on the trot. With Wigan, Blackburn, and QPR all picking up points last weekend and/or midweek, a Bolton win is crucial. The Trotters are currently in the bottom three, two points back of QPR but with a game in hand on all of their relegation rivals.
Come on you White Men and do it for Fab.