Ian Evatt has confirmed that Wanderers have appealed Ricardo Santos’ red card against Blackpool at the weekend.

The Bolton skipper was sent off during the second half at Bloomfield Road after he was judged to have fouled Kyle Joseph in the box by referee Josh Smith.

The Whites went on to lose 4-1 against the Seasiders but remain level on points with second-place Derby, who were beaten by Barnsley.

Evatt is hopeful that the decision will be overturned and the towering defender will be available to face Wigan at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night.

“We have obviously appealed it, I think that goes without saying,” said the manager. “We will wait to hear, I think we will know more later on this afternoon but we are pretty confident.

“This isn’t even a subjective thing, this is a law so we are pretty confident that it will be overturned. But you never really know until it happens, do you?”

The defeat at Blackpool was Santos’ first appearance since the end of January, having missed a handful of games due to a calf problem.

Wanderers also appealed George Thomason’s red card at Northampton earlier this month but were unsuccessful on that occasion.

The midfielder served a three-match ban before returning to the starting line-up at Blackpool, scoring an early opener past Dan Grimshaw.

Bolton drew 1-1 on their last trip to Wigan in April 2022, with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson cancelling out James McClean’s opener.

The Latics currently sit 13th in the League One table following their 1-1 draw against Cheltenham at the weekend.