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Bolton vs Sunderland FA Cup Preview

January 05, 2013

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman has no fresh injury worries ahead of their FA Cup third-round clash with Sunderland at the Reebok Stadium. 

Jacob Butterfield is no longer among Freedman's midfield options after the former Barnsley man returned to Norwich at the end of his loan spell. 

Josh Vela is back in training following a length lay-off with a knee ligament injury and the youngster could feature, although defender David Wheater remains sidelined with a similar complaint. 

The match comes too soon for USA international Stuart Holden (knee) as he continues to step up his return to fitness, while fellow midfielder Mark Davies (shoulder) and defender Matt Mills (thigh) are still out. 

Keith Andrews (Achilles), David Ngog (ankle) and Benik Afobe (hamstring) all overcame niggles to feature in the 1-0 defeat at Leeds on New Year's Day and the trip are expected to play a part against the Black Cats. 

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is expected to shuffle his pack as attention shifts from the pursuit of Premier League points to progress in cup competition. 

The Black Cats were in action as recently as Wednesday evening and are expected to rest a number of influential figures. 

David Vaughan, Fraizer Campbell and Titus Bramble are all in contention for starting berths, while Connor Wickham could cover for Stephane Sessegnon, who is nursing a knock. 

James McFadden is another hoping to be involved at some stage, with the Scottish playmaker having struggled for game time since penning a short-term deal at the Stadium of Light. 

John O'Shea (hamstring), Lee Cattermole (knee) and Wes Brown (knee ligament) all miss out.


Source: SkySports


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