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Five Bolton Wanderers players who could reap the rewards from international break

Bolton Wanderers return to action from the international break this weekend when they take on Lincoln City.

The Whites host the Imps at the University of Bolton Stadium this Saturday. They sit in the top six following the international break.

Wanderers were not in action over the weekend after their clash away to Portsmouth was postponed owing to the number of players called up. Ian Evatt's side return to action this Saturday.

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Some players in the Wanderers squad have been in action for their countries in the international break. Others who have been at home will be aiming to make an impact when the action returns.

Here, we take a look at five players who could benefit from the break in club games.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

The Iceland international made a huge impact when joining Wanderers in the January transfer window from Millwall. That same impact is yet to be seen so far this campaign.

Injuries have been behind that, with the striker making a return from a hamstring problem in the League One win over Peterborough United. He followed that up with a full game under his belt in the Papa Johns Trophy against Tranmere Rovers.

Bodvarsson was not called up for international duty following his recent injuries. After his recent return to action, he will surely be aiming to make a big impact when the international break ends.

Josh Sheehan

The midfielder missed the second half of last season owing to a ruptured ACL. He had been one of the bright sparks for Wanderers in the first half of the 2021/22 campaign.

The former Swansea City youngster made his return to action at the end of August in the Papa Johns Trophy in the win over Crewe Alex. He followed that up with another appearance against Tranmere last week in the same competition.

Sheehan is now back fit and firing, it seems, and comes into a very competitive central midfield area at Wanderers. He will be aiming for a regular starting berth in League One.

Declan John

A first choice for almost his entire time at Wanderers since joining the club, initially on loan in January 2021. That has changed so far this season.

The signing of Jack Iredale who can play in the left wing-back area has given competition and an alternative in that area. Iredale is a more defensive option, but is certainly a threat going forwards too.

John has not featured for the last four games in League One owing to Iredale's form and injury. He will be seeking to add to his two starts in the division so far this campaign when the break comes to an end.

Owen Beck

Liverpool loanee youngster Beck has only recently made his debut for Wanderers. That came last time out in the Papa Johns Trophy against Tranmere.

Beck had just over an hour on the pitch. He has had to wait for his debut owing to having to build up his fitness following his move from the Anfield club after a spell at Portuguese side Familicao was ended.

Beck is also away on Wales under-21s duty. More minutes for him on international duty could be beneficial for when he returns to Wanderers.

Lloyd Isgrove

Like with Sheehan, it has been a long road back to full fitness for winger Isgrove. He had been out of first team action since last November.

A mixture of various hamstring and foot problems had kept him out of the team until recently. He returned to action from the bench against Tranmere.

The winger looked bright upon his return. He will be hoping to make an impact at right wing-back and act as competition to the likes of Liverpool loanee Conor Bradley.

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