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Owls Manager Stuart Gray

Owls Manager Stuart Gray

Sheffield Wednesday (17) v Birmingham (19)

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma will play no part after he damaged knee ligaments in the midweek defeat at Wigan.

Maghoma joins an extensive injury list at Hillsborough, while the loan spells of Sam Hutchinson, Leon Best, Gary Gardner and Adedeji Oshilaja all expired after the game.

Boss Stuart Gray is hoping to extend some of the deals in time for their inclusion and was boosted by the return of defender Lewis Buxton and midfielder David Prutton.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark has no fresh injury worries.

On-loan Manchester City midfielder Albert Rusnak returned to the bench after a month on the sidelines with a groin injury and he is an option for Clark should he wish to freshen his side up.

Callum Reilly (knee) is back in training but will miss out along with Mitch Hancox and Brian Howard (both ankle) as the 19th-placed Blues aim to pull clear of the bottom three.

Last season: Birmingham 0 Sheff Wed 0, Sheff Wed 3 Birmingham 2

Last five league matches: Sheff Wed L W W L L; Birmingham L W L L D

Top scorers (all competitions): Chris Maguire (Sheff Wed) 6; Lee Novak (Birmingham) 9

Match odds: H 11-10 A 21-10 D 12-5

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

 

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