Bolton manager Sam Allardyce faces a selection headache ahead of the FA Cup tie against Watford on Saturday.
Allardyce could be without as many as nine players for the tricky third round match against the Coca-Cola Championship high-fliers at Vicarage Road.
Kevin Davies, Kevin Nolan and Ivan Campo are all suspended while El-Hadji Diouf, Abdoulaye Faye and Radhi Jaidi are heading off to prepare for the African Nations Cup.
Gary Speed (knee), Nicky Hunt (calf) and Khalilou Fadiga (virus) may also miss out through injury and illness.
One bonus for Allardyce is that Jay-Jay Okocha has been given special dispensation by the Nigerian FA to play in the cup game before joining the national squad in Egypt.
It is the playmaker's international swansong after a glorious 12-year career. He is retiring after the tournament and concentrating on his club career.
Allardyce said: 'We have to thank the Nigerians for allowing Jay-Jay to play before he goes to their camp.
'Without Jay-Jay we would really be in big, big trouble for this cup game.
'It looks as though we are going to have to take some lads out of the Academy and put them on the bench.
'We will have to make a number of changes with some players playing out of position. It will be a great experience for them.
'It will be a team that is put out in hope rather than in the knowledge they can get us a result.'
Allardyce, meanwhile, has reacted angrily to speculation linking him as a replacement for under-fire Newcastle manager Graeme Souness.
'Graeme is in a job and I am in a job,' he said. 'It is ridiculous to be talking about it.'
Allardyce has built a reputation as one of England's brightest coaches, having taken Bolton from promotion in 2001 to the UEFA Cup on limited resources.
They are through to the last 32 of the competition - their first in Europe - and face Marseille over two legs next month.
Not only that but Bolton are again riding high in the Barclays Premiership and ended Liverpool's 10-match unbeaten league run on Monday by taking a point in a rousing 2-2 draw.