Bolton boss Owen Coyle is waiting on several late fitness tests before facing his old club Burnley.
Mark Davies, Ricardo Gardner, Gavin McCann and Matt Taylor are all battling slight injuries ahead of what promises to be a heated encounter following Coyle's defection to Bolton.
There could also be a debut for Vladimir Weiss if the 20-year-old completes his move from Manchester City in time.
United States midfielder Stuart Holden is also poised to sign with the club, but is nursing a thigh injury and is unlikely to play any part.
Danny Shittu is still away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Nigeria.
Team (from): Jaaskelainen, Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Gardner, Cohen, Taylor, McCann, Muamba, Lee, K Davies, Klasnic, Basham, A O'Brien, Al Habsi, Samuel, Elmander, Ricketts.
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