Ian Evatt has chosen his team for Bolton Wanderers' League One season opener against MK Dons but not all of his squad are yet at match fitness readiness.
The Trotters begin their campaign in the third tier of English football this Saturday with a clash at the University of Bolton Stadium against the Dons.
The visitors are currently on the hunt for a new boss after the departure of Russell Martin to Swansea City and Dean Lewington will be in interim charge.
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Evatt has all of his squad available, apart from Hamburg loanee winger Xavier Amaechi who is out following surgery on a fractured metatarsal.
Evatt has already chosen the Wanderers team to start the match on Saturday, but believes not all of his squad are yet ready to play games, despite all being back in training.
Some have been self isolating and recently returned to training and are building up their match readiness at the club's Lostock training ground.
And Evatt has taken emotion out of his team selection for this weekend's opening game and looked at the big picture in terms of the season when making his decisions.
Evatt said: “Everybody is available, obviously apart from Xav. Everyone has returned, everyone has been training and it’s all systems go.
“That does not mean to say that they’re ready to play. They’re available for training, but not everybody is available and ready to play.
"There’s a difference, so we’ll monitor the training, we’ll monitor the data, we’ll monitor the energy levels and how they’re feeling physically and then we’ll make a decision for Saturday.
"But not everybody in my opinion is ready to play at the intensity and energy levels that we’ll need on Saturday.
“I have already picked the team and worked on a gameplan. Strategically we have been doing it in dribs and drabs over the last few weeks but this week it has been more detailed and what we think we’ll face in and out of possession.
“Predominantly we will be trying to play the guys who have missed the least time in pre-season because we think they will be physically able to do the job.
“But as a manager you have always got a couple of parrots on your shoulder and one of them is saying one thing, the other the opposite.
“It is about balancing the two to come out with the best possible decision.
“Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture and for this game in particular I have had to take the emotion out of it and think about the season, the future, and what taking risks this Saturday could mean for the football club.
"It hasn’t been easy but I think it’s the right thing in the longer term.”