SIMON GRAYSON is desperately hoping to have both James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford available for Saturday’s key home Championship clash with Bolton.
Injuries mean both loan strikers have played only 50% of the games since they signed from Norwich and Leicester respectively.
Vaughan returned after a seven-match absence with a thigh problem in Saturday’s disappointing 4-2 derby defeat at home to Leeds, Town’s third loss in four.
However ex-Leeds man Jermaine Beckford missed a fourth game since the 1-0 win at Barnsley, when he notched his third goal in six Town appearances but picked up a hamstring injury.
Vaughan has three in nine outings and Grayson said: “It was good to have him around after being out for a long time.
“He was a bit rusty, but he will be able to get a full week’s training under his belt ready for the Bolton game.
“We also had Sean Scannell on the bench (after four games out with a hamstring injury) and Jermaine is making progress with his treatment.”
Midfielder Keith Southern will complete a three-match suspension against Bolton, who were beaten 2-1 at home to Ipswich on Saturday.
Michael Chopra grabbed a last-gasp winner to condemn Dougie Freedman to his first defeat as Bolton manager.
Joel Lynch, who played at left-back, limped off with a hamstring problem in the 56th minute of the Leeds clash.
But Grayson can call on Calum Woods, who replaced Lynch, or Paul Dixon, who was left out of the clash with Neil Warnock’s side.
“Paul was unfortunate, but we decided to play Joel at left-back for tactical reasons, and because Calum can go right or left, it made more sense to have him on the bench,” explained Grayson.
Lee Novak and Oliver Norwood were also among the substitutes after Grayson gave Alan Lee and Chris Atkinson first starts this season.
Atkinson grabbed his first Town goal in a game watched by Bolton scout Kevin Rides and Steve Agnew, assistant manager of Hull, who host Town on Saturday week.