Preview: Rotherham United v Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers take on Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium this weekend in their first game back after the October international break.

With that being said, have picked out five talking points to take into the Sky Bet Championship away clash.

1. Squad Update

Ben Alnwick and Andrew Taylor are both back in contention this weekend after their respective injury lay-offs, while Sammy Ameobi is making good progress in his own rehabilitation.

Will Buckley meanwhile will return to training next week after leaving the field of play with an injury against Blackburn last time out.

2. Internationals Return

A selection of Wanderers players were invited to join up with their national sides during the past international break.

Target man Josh Magennis featured for Northern Ireland in both of their UEFA Nations League games against Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Wanderers’ top goal scorer for the season played 79 minutes of the Austria match, before coming on as a substitute for Liam Boyce on 80 minutes against Bosnia.

Polish right back Pawel Olkowski joined up with the Eagles and was an unused substitute against Italy in their 1-0 defeat.

Stephen Duke-McKenna was named as a substitute for Guyana in their 8-0 victory over Turks & Caicos Islands, with Under-18s goalkeeper Callum James also named on the bench for Wales U19s versus Poland U19s.

3. The Opposing Boss

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Following a playing career spanning 15 years with well over 450 appearances, Millers boss Paul Warne has a strong relationship to the South Yorkshire club.

Joining as a player in 1999, Warne spent a total of ten seasons in two stints with the side, making over 250 appearances for the Millers.

He was a pivotal part of the squad in the early 2000s that gained back to back promotions to the First Division under Ronnie Moore.

After finishing his career in 2012, Warne immediately joined the backroom staff before taking the permanent managerial role at the AESSEAL New York Stadium in January 2017 following the resignation of Kenny Jackett.

Last season, Warne guided his Rotherham side to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs. An extra time strike from captain Richard Wood secured their place in the second tier of English football for this season.

4. New Boys In Town

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During the summer, Rotherham brought in a number of fresh faces to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Billy Jones signed a two-year deal with the Millers, following his former club Sunderland getting relegated to Sky Bet League One.

A duo in the form of Clark Robertson and Kyle Vassell joined from Blackpool on free transfers on the opening day of the summer window.

Former Scotland Under-21 Robertson spent the majority of his career in his native Scotland with Aberdeen, before joining Blackpool in June 2015.

He was a key figure in their promotion to Sky Bet League One in 2016/17, being a constant member of the starting eleven under Gary Bowyer.

Northern Ireland international Vassell spent a large amount of his career in non-league football before joining Peterborough United in November 2013.

After moving to Blackpool in 2016 and enjoying a debut season promotion with the Tangerines and a fruitful goal scoring campaign in League One, the Millers came calling for Vassell’s services.

In the loan market, Zak Vyner was brought in from Bristol City, with midfielder Ryan Manning joining from fellow Sky Bet Championship club Queen Park Rangers.

5. Opponent’s Current Form

Looking at the past five games for Wanderers’ opponents at the weekend, Paul Warne’s side have picked up two points from those outings and sit 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Prior to the international break, the Millers suffered a defeat to Birmingham City 3-1 at St. Andrews.

Looking to their home form however, and Rotherham have lost only once this campaign at the AESSEAL New York Stadium - a statistic Wanderers will be looking to add to this weekend.

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