Bolton v Portsmouth - early team news
Kenny Jackett has to decide whether to recall Brett Pitman back into his squad at Bolton.
The former skipper was omitted for last week’s EFL Trophy win at Walsall before missing the 2-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon because of illness.
Pitman, who’s been linked with Swindon and Plymouth during the January transfer window, has now recovered and is challenging for a spot against the Trotters.
Ryan Williams is also in the frame to be involved after missing the past five games with a groin problem.
Jack Whatmough featured for 90 minutes in the reserves’ 1-1 draw at Plymouth on Tuesday following his long-term knee injury and is again likely to be on the bench.
Ross McCrorie will return to Fratton Park next week having undergone rehab for his hamstring complaint with parent-club Rangers, while Lee Brown (Achilles) remains on the treatment table.
Meanwhile, Jason Lowe is back for the League One basement side following a three-match suspension.
The midfielder received a red card against Shrewsbury last month but is set to go straight back into the Trotters’ starting line-up.
Manager Keith Hill will, however, be without Yoan Zouma after he limped out of Bolton’s 5-1 loss at Lincoln on Tuesday with a hamstring injury.
The Trotters also recently allowed senior left-backs Adam Chicksen and Josh Earl to depart, leaving no recognised specialist in the squad.