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The Cardiff forward has so far made two substitute appearances off the bench, but with Wanderers losing both of those clashes on the back of a two-month, eight-game unbeaten stretch, Freedman senses the need for fresh ideas.

Another who has an outside shot of making Freedman's XI is Chris Eagles, now over his groin strain, while Alex Baptiste is likely to slot in at left-back again with Wanderers still searching for their first home clean sheet of the campaign.

Mark Davies and Josh Vela both played 65 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly in midweek, but the pair are set to occupy the sidelines again alongside fellow knee-injury victims Joe Riley, Mark Davies and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and full-back Marc Tierney (foot).

Ritchie Wellens, meanwhile, is an injury concern for Doncaster's trip to Bolton.

Wellens, who is about to begin talks with the club about extending his contract, was taken off at half-time against Birmingham in midweek as a precautionary measure with a stiff back. He will be assessed on Friday but Rovers boss Paul Dickov is hopeful the midfielder will be fit.

Dickov does not expect any of his injured players to return in time for Saturday so captain Rob Jones (neck), fellow defenders Reece Wabara (toe), James Husband (shoulder) and Yun Suk-Young (ankle), midfielder Paul Keegan (hamstring) and forwards Harry Forrester (torn quad) and Chris Brown (ankle) will remain on the sidelines.

Brown is the closest to regaining full fitness but the striker is still thought to be a couple of weeks away from making a return.

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Position Team P GD PTS
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2 N Forest 10 10 20
3 Watford 10 8 20
4 Derby 10 9 19
5 Ipswich 10 6 18
6 Charlton 10 4 18
7 Wolves 10 3 18
8 M'boro 10 6 17
9 Sheff Wed 10 3 16
10 Reading 10 0 15
11 Blackburn 10 -2 14
12 Leeds 10 -2 14
13 Brentford 10 -3 14
14 Cardiff 10 0 13
15 Bournemth 10 1 12
16 Millwall 10 -3 11
17 Rotherham 10 -4 11
18 Huddersfld 10 -8 11
19 Brighton 10 -2 10
20 Birmingham 10 -6 10
21 Wigan 10 -2 9
22 Fulham 10 -8 7
23 Bolton 10 -12 5
24 Blackpool 10 -9 3

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