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David Wheater set to make reserve return while Stu Holden continues recovery effort tonight

Michael Steele

After a number of chances called off due to weather, David Wheater will finally make his reserve return for Bolton Wanderers tonight. The Trotters will travel a short distance to play Manchester City's reserves at Hyde's Ewen Fields later today.

David Wheater had originally injured cruciate ligaments in his knee last May in Bolton's 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion. The big defender was scheduled for 6-9 months away from the team and he has used almost all of that allotted time to get fit.

Since signing in January 2011, Wheater had made 41 appearances in all competitions for Bolton Wanderers with three goals to his name.

Wheater was scheduled to get time in both the Stoke City and Newcastle United reserve games but both matches were postponed due to weather.

Alongside Wheater, Dougie Freedman confirmed that Stu Holden would also participate in this match to some degree. Holden, who was handed his season debut at Sunderland in the FA Cup, saw an additional 10 minutes against Everton last weekend. He has still not played in the league this season after nearly 24 months out with injury.

Slow and steady, boys.