Hudd’field v Bolton preview

James Vaughan hopes to return to Bolton’s starting line-up for

Saturday’s Championship clash with Bolton at the John Smith’s

Stadium.

Vaughan returned after a seven-game absence as a substitute in

last week’s derby defeat to Leeds and is edging closer to his first

start since October 23 after shaking off a thigh injury.

But fellow striker Jermaine Beckford remains doubtful due to the

hamstring problem that has kept him sidelined since the win at

Barnsley early last month.

Sean Scannell is pushing for a recall after missing the last

four games with a hamstring injury of his own, while fellow striker

Lee Novak and midfielder Oliver Norwood are hoping to feature after

they were unused substitutes last week.

Defender Paul Dixon is expected to return to the squad after

missing out altogether last week and winger Adam Hammill, on loan

from Wolves, is pushing for his first start since early

November.

Bolton defender Stephen Warnock missed last weekend’s 2-1 home

defeat to Ipswich with an infected toe, and if he does not recover

in time Marcos Alonso is poised to keep his place.

That is not something too many Wanderers players can have been

overly confident of doing of late as Dougie Freedman continues to

rotate his line-up during the opening weeks of his reign.

Last Wednesday’s victory at Blackburn came after six alterations

to the side that drew at Brighton, and three more changes were in

the offing against Ipswich.

Jacob Butterfield and Lee Chung-Yong were on the bench for the

latter contest and are pushing for a start once more, while Martin

Petrov adds another attacking midfield option having overcome a

hamstring strain.

Stuart Holden has returned to training but remains a couple of

months away from first-team action, while fellow knee-injury

victims David Wheater and Josh Vela are still sidelined.