Nahki Wells will be disappointed that building a partnership with James Vaughan will have to wait until next season.

The latter’s injury woes mean the pair have played alongside each other for the full 90 minutes just once, in the 1-0 defeat at Blackpool a fortnight ago.

There have been a further 160 minutes when they have been in tandem, for portions of the games against QPR at Loftus Road and Wigan, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn at home.

Supporters were hopeful of seeing the pair working together over the final seven games, starting against Bolton at the John Smith’s.

But Vaughan, who leads the club goal chart with 12, needs surgery on a knee cyst which will keep him out for the remainder of the Championship campaign.

“Vaughany has had a tough time since I’ve come in,” said Wells, the club-record £1.3m signing who has five goals, having notched 15 for Bradford City this season before his January move.

“He’s been hit by nagging injuries, then he got ill before last week’s game at Reading.

“Now he has discovered he needs an operation, but hopefully that will solve his problems and he’ll be able to get in a complete pre-season.

“He has shown he is a great striker, and I’ve enjoyed playing next to him. Hopefully in time, we can put an effective partnership together.”

Town seek a first win in seven against Bolton, having drawn two on the spin, at home to Middlesbrough and at Reading.

Wells put them ahead with a cool finish four minutes in at the Madejski Stadium.

 

But the lead lasted just three minutes as Pavel Pogrebnyak put away a controversial penalty to level.

“I thought the penalty was a bit soft,” said Wells.

“But the referee gave it, and they scored it.

“It was frustrating, because I thought we played well, and had it not been for the penalty, we’d probably have won, because we managed to contain them for long spells.

“We’re finding it hard to kill games off at the moment, but we’ll learn.

“We’re a youngish team trying to move forward in the right direction, and a win could really put us back on our feet.”

Bolton, beaten by Ollie Norwood’s goal for Town at the Reebok Stadium in December, arrive in Huddersfield a place and a point below 16th-placed Town but beaten just once in their last eight games.

They have climbed away from the danger zone under Dougie Freedman, whose squad includes former Town trio Jermaine Beckford, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Neil Danns.

Town manager Mark Robins said: “They have some real quality at their disposal, and results have picked up over the last few months.

“They will make it tough, but we also aim to make it tough for them by building on a couple of solid performances against Middlesbrough and Reading.

“We felt we should have won both those matches, and this is our chance to go out and get a victory.”

It’s the first if two games in four days for Town, who entertain play-off chasing Ipwich on Tuesday.

Mick McCarthy’s eight-placed side have Blackburn to contend with first,giving Rovers’ former Town striker Jordan Rhodes the chance to face the club where he began his career.

Town were beaten 2-1 at Portman Road in December, when Danny Ward put Robins’ side ahead before David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy kept the points in Suffolk.

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