Dawson joined Wanderers on loan from West Brom last week but was cup-tied for the 2-1 defeat by Everton.
The England Under-21 international will contest a place at the heart of defence with Zat Knight and Tim Ream but the match may come too soon for midfielder Medo Kamara, who joined on transfer deadline day from Partizan Belgrade.
Keith Andrews remains sidelined with thigh and Achilles problems but Bolton have no new injury worries.
Stuart Holden and David Wheater will continue their rehabilitation from lengthy knee injury absences by turning out for Wanderers' under-21 side against Manchester City on Friday night.
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