Neil Lennon has had a week to forget, with star man Chung-Yong Lee getting injured on international duty and a mini exodus rumoured to be led by captain Jay Spearing about to leave the club on loan to Championship rivals Watford. Further exacerbating this is the fact that he can't seem to buy a new player for love nor money.
But today at least he can put his transfer window woes to the back of his mind as Bolton Wanderers go in search of a much needed three points with the trip into Yorkshire to face Sheffield Wednesday.
Lennon doesn't have a wealth of options to choose from as his squad becomes increasingly depleted by injuries and outgoing transfers. The good news is that star striker Craig Davies returns to the starting lineup to support Emile Heskey, in place of last week's penalty spot hero Eidur Gudjohnsen. Lennon appears to have moved Josh Vela into midfield, with David Wheater coming into the back four in place of the unimpressive Liam Trotter - suggesting Dorian Dervite will move to right-back. Spearing makes the bench today, despite the rumours surrounding him.
The hosts have several dangerous attacking threats in the form of Nuhui, Maguire and May - which could have led to Lennon shifting Dervite out to the right and bringing in Wheater. Interestingly, Wednesday also have Lewis Baker on the bench, the Chelsea youngster Lennon bemoaned Bolton not being able to sign on loan this week.
Bolton go into today's game with just one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions, but worryingly have only won one of their last six away matches. But they come up against a Wednesday side in fine form, having won their last three league matches without conceding and putting up a good fight against Manchester City in the FA Cup. But the visitors can take encouragement from the fact that Wednesday have only won once in the last nine meetings between the two club, with Wanderers winning the last three at Hillsborough.
Below are today's starting lineups. Feel free to keep in touch and have your say on the afternoon's developments in the Comments section below.
|Sheffield Wednesday||Bolton Wanderers|
|GK||Keiran Westwood||GK||Andy Lonergan|
|RB||Liam Palmer||RB||Dorian Dervite|
|CB||Glenn Loovens||CB||Matt Mills|
|CB||Tom Lees||CB||David Wheater|
|LB||Claude Dielna||LB||Tim Ream|
|RM||Jacques Maghoma||RM||Liam Feeney|
|CM||Kieran Lee||CM||Josh Vela|
|CM||Jose Semedo||CM||Neil Danns|
|LM||Stevie May||LM||Darren Pratley|
|CF||Adthe Nuhui||CF||Craig Davies|
|CF||Chris Maguire||CF||Emile Heskey|
Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Kirkland, Lewis Buxton, Joe Mattock, Sam Hutchinson, Lewis Baker, Caolan Lavery, Jeremy Helan.
Bolton: Adam Bogdan, Dean Moxey, Jay Spearing, Liam Trotter, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Conor Wilkinson, Tom Walker.