Bolton manager Owen Coyle insists midfielder Matt Taylor still has a 'huge role' to play at the Reebok Stadium.
Taylor has found himself on the bench for the Trotters this season after being displaced in the starting line-up by summer signing Martin Petrov.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club after Coyle admitted he needs to release players if he wants to bring in any more before the transfer window closes.
However, speaking ahead of Bolton's Carling Cup clash at Southampton on Tuesday, Coyle revealed Taylor remains a key part of his plans.
"Matty Taylor is a fantastic player who has had an unbelievable Premier League career," said Coyle.
"He is frustrated at the moment because he has been on the bench and Martin Petrov is in possession of that wide-left berth.
"I can understand that but he has a huge role to play at the club."
Coyle has stated his intent to draft several fringe players into his starting XI for St Mary's, with Taylor one of those in contention.
Back-up goalkeeper Adam Bogdan could also make his debut, as Coyle is considering resting Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Striker Danny Ward will not feature as the 18-year-old is set to complete a loan deal with a Championship club in the coming days.
Coyle added: "The likelihood is we will be letting Danny Ward go out on loan later this week so I wouldn't want to cup-tie him."