Chris Powell says it’s business as usual for on-loan Huddersfield Town Grant Holt – at least until the end of December.
The Wigan Athletic striker is set to beat a nagging neck injury and face Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium tomorrow.
His 11th Town appearance comes in the wake of manager Malky Mackay’s reminder that he remains a Wigan player.
“I understand that Malky quite rightly wants to take a look at everyone he has inherited,” said Powell, whose 14th-place side are chasing a first win in four Championship games.
“But Grant is still here, and we want him to carry on and enhance what we are trying to do. We want him to continue to show everyone he is worthy of playing at this level.”
Powell said Alex Smithies, ruled out of last week’s goalless home draw with Sheffield Wednesday by a back problem, has trained this week.
The boss will be checking on the fitness of Smithies’ fellow keeper Joe Murphy, who picked up a couple of knocks on his league debut for the club.
Bolton, while 21st, are aiming for a fourth win in as many home games under Neil Lennon.
“They have had a revival under Neil and they are in decent form,” said Powell.
“But they are below us in the table and we want to keep it that way. To do that, we have to perform.
“I want another result on the road like the one we got at Wolves (where Town won 3-1).
“That’s important because our home form has been strong, so to add away points would be a real plus.”
While the Football League loan deadline passed quietly for Town, Bolton sent former Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny and striker Tom Youngs to Oldham Athletic and frontman Tom Eaves to Yeovil Town.