Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden remains doubtful for the Barclays Premier League match against Blackburn at the Reebok Stadium.
The United States international is still struggling to shake off a thigh strain that has seen him miss the last two games.
Midfielder Matt Taylor is pushing for a place in the team following the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City last weekend.
Fabrice Muamba is determined to set a record straight against Rovers.
Owen Coyle's side go into the derby having failed to beat their local rivals at home in the top flight for 12 years.
There is added spice in that former Bolton boss Sam Allardyce - who led the club into Europe for the first time - is returning to the Reebok Stadium.
Muamba said: "It is a massive game and about time we got a result against them. It will be very physical. There will be a lot of long balls, put it that way.
"We will just have to play the way we have done this season - by getting the ball down and passing it.
"We must not give away silly free-kicks because they are good at set-pieces. They won last week but we will be confident as we are at home.
"Our target? We must make sure get to 40 points as soon a possible and take it from there."
Martin Olsson and Nikola Kalinic are back in contention for Blackburn when they make the short trip to Bolton.
However, Steven Nzonzi (hamstring), Vince Grella (Achilles) and Keith Andrews (groin) all remain sidelined.
Boss Sam Allardyce may resist the temptation to change things too much following last week's Barclays Premier League defeat of Wolves.
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