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
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
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
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.