The nominations for the npower Championship Player of the Month award for January have been announced.

They are as follows:-

Jason Shackell (Burnley)
The defender led by example as Burnley registered three consecutive clean sheets with wins over Sheffield Wednesday, Crystal Palace and Millwall. Authoritative in the air and brave in the tackle, he marshalled his defensive team-mates superbly.

Matej Vydra (Watford)
The 20-year-old started three npower Championship games in January and bagged a brace in all of them. His pace, control and natural scoring prowess helped guide Watford to wins over Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town and Nottingham Forest.

Chris Wood (Leicester City)
A debut month to remember for Leicester City's new signing as he scored five goals, including a hat-trick in the 4-0 win at Bristol City. His superb hold-up play also stood out as he developed an instant understanding with strike partner David Nugent.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 9am.