Tottenham vs Bolton – Match preview and team news

It has been a little over a week since Fabrice Muamba collapsed from a cardiac arrest in the FA Cup quarter final between these two sides at White Hart Lane, but both sides go into this rearranged game lifted significantly by the miraculous progress Muamba is making in his recovery. Without doubt this game will be an emotional one for players, fans, and all concerned – Muamba himself is poised to watch the game from his hospital bed.

Tottenham have been out of form in recent weeks, managing just one win from their least seven matches, although improvements were noted in their 0-0 draw away to Chelsea at the weekend, which kept the gap between the two sides at five points.

Bolton meanwhile have three wins from their last five, including two ‘six-pointer’ wins against fellow relegation strugglers Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers, which have seen the Trotters move up to 17th in the table, out of the relegation zone.

Spurs are set to be without Ledley King, Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson through injury, but there could be a return, at least to the substitutes bench, for Aaron Lennon. Carlo Cudicini should return in goal as he has done for all cup matches so far. Ryan Nelsen and William Gallas should partner in central defence, while Jermain Defoe and Louis Saha start up-front.

For Bolton, Dedryck Boyata, Ivan Klasnic and Zat Knight are set to come into the side, but new signing Gregg Wylde will not feature.

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