, Bolton Wanderers handed huge boost ahead of Wigan Athletic clash tonight

Bolton Wanderers handed huge boost ahead of Wigan Athletic clash tonight

Bolton Wanderers captain Ricardo Santos will be available for tonight’s clash with Wigan Athletic after seeing his Blackpool red card rescinded.

Bolton Wanderers were on the receiving end of a big defeat at the hands of Blackpool on Saturday afternoon. The Tangerines were 2-1 up at half-time but the true turning point of the game was when centre-back Santos saw red.

The Portuguese defender was dismissed with 66 minutes on the clock having been judged to have denied a goalscoring opportunity. Striker Jake Beesley would fire home the resulting penalty before Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel made it four with a goal in the 84th minute.

Of course, the loss was a huge blow, but the straight-red dismissal of Santos amid a centre-back shortage was another concern for Ian Evatt and co to deal with. However, it seems that headache has been allayed.

As confirmed ahead of tonight’s League One clash with Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers skipper Santos has seen his red card rescinded following a successful appeal. As a result, he will be available to face the Latics after initially facing a two-match ban.

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Santos had only just returned from an injury lay-off, so to miss him for another two games would have been a big blow. However, after the successful claim of wrongful dismissal, he can return to the heart of the Bolton Wanderers backline tonight.

With Caleb Taylor and George Johnston both out, Evatt likely would have fielded a back three of Eoin Toal, Will Forrester and Gethin Jones. Now that the captain is available though, he’ll have a bit more flexibility when it comes to selecting his backline.

Santos’ presence at the back sees him play a vital role for Bolton Wanderers and it is paramount that he’s available for as much of the run in as possible. Evatt and co currently sit 3rd in the League One table, level on points with 2nd placed Derby County.

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