PETERBOROUGH United could be without experienced defender Nathan Thompson after he suffered a concussion in the midweek home defeat to Fleetwood.

Grant McCann has confirmed that the club will have to be guided by EFL medical rules on head injuries after the 31-year-old was injured during an awkward fall.

“It looks like Nathan suffered a concussion so he will have to follow the relevant protocols,” said the Posh boss. “I’m not sure how long that is, as it changes all the time, so I will need to get that confirmed.”

After a bright start to the season, Peterborough have lost their last five games in all competitions and start the day two places and two points behind Bolton.

Their last visit to the UniBol was on the final day of the 2016/17 season when Phil Parkinson’s side clinched automatic promotion with a 3-0 win, courtesy of goals from Jem Karacan, David Wheater and Adam Le Fondre.

McCann could recall midfielder Jeando Fuchs against Wanderers after he sat out the Fleetwood game. The Cameroon international has been used selectively over the past few weeks but could replace Kwame Poku, with a move towards a 3-5-2 formation.

Peterborough have put in more crosses than any other side in League One this season (180) and the majority of their goals have been scored by front two Jack Marriott and Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Posh’s intense and physical approach is also summed up by the fact they have conceded more fouls than any other team, with the exception of Barnsley, and have also turned over possession more often in the final third of the pitch.

Despite all that, their recent form has dipped, and McCann hopes that his side can produce a reaction this weekend.

"It’s a tough game,” McCann admitted. “Bolton are a good team with a good style of play.

"We’re still very early into the season and there are still lots of points to play for and lots of games to play. Tuesday was a disappointing one for us, particularly at home as we fancy our chances against anyone at London Road, but we just didn’t get it right against Fleetwood.

“We have to bounce back and try and get a result at Bolton.

"It’s going to be tough, but I believe in the group of players we have in our changing room and I believe that they will react in the right way to Tuesday night.”