The nominations for the npower League 1 Player of the Month award for December have been announced.

They are as follows:-

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth)
Led Bournemouth superbly as stand-in captain in a perfect month. His intelligent positioning, mobility along the back line and passion for throwing his body into a tackle was pivotal to a defence that recorded three clean sheets and conceded just a single goal in December.

David McGoldrick (Coventry City*)
Five goals in four matches for the on-loan forward as he continued a remarkable season. The focal point of the Sky Blues' attack, his positional play and calmness in front of goal were evident as he scored twice against Walsall and in the 4-1 win at promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers.

*N.B. David McGoldrick has now joined Ipswich Town on loan from Nottingham Forest. His performances for Coventry City in December are those that are acknowledged.

Luke Murphy (Crewe Alexandra)
The 23-year-old youth product dominated matches in December with a captain's role as his box-to-box energy and array of passing set up goals for others and helped Crewe Alexandra to climb the table. Outstanding in the 3-1 win at Preston North End, in which he also scored with a neat finish.

The winners will be announced on Friday live on Sky Sports News, from 10am.