Millwall boost as Bolton set to be without key trio

BOLTON Wanderers will be without Josh Vela for the Championship meeting with Millwall on Saturday.

Vela picked up an ankle injury in the 3-2 defeat at home to Leeds United on Sunday and is expected to be out for a significant period.

Midfielder Vela, 23, played in all but one of Bolton’s games last season and scored 10 goals.

Centre-back David Wheater – who alongside ex-Lion Mark Beevers was part of a defence that conceded the fewest number of goals of any team in League One last season – also went off at the weekend and was seeing a back specialist on Wednesday morning.

Sammy Ameobi, scorer of the opener in Bolton's 2-0 win at The Den last season, is also out.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson will hope there are no further injury problems after their EFL Cup first-round meeting with Crewe at Gresty Road on Wednesday night.

Millwall have injury problems of their own, after Jake Cooper (ankle) and Lee Gregory (hamstring) went off in the 2-0 EFL Cup win over Stevenage on Tuesday.

The pair will be assessed on Wednesday but are major doubts for Saturday’s fixture.

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John Kelly