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Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:10:00

Bristol City have no fresh injury worries as they prepare for their huge Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Ashton Gate on Monday.

The Robins are yet to taste defeat on home soil since head coach Sean O'Driscoll took charge but their failure to secure a victory on the road has left them six points adrift of safety with seven games remaining.

The likes of Albert Adomah and Liam Kelly are pushing for recalls while Paul Anderson came through 90 minutes following his return to the starting line-up after injury.

But O'Driscoll is limited when it comes to attacking options with striker Ryan Taylor (shoulder) back in training but not yet available, and fellow forward Jon Stead (groin) still sidelined.

City's latest defeat on their travels, a 3-0 loss at Derby on Friday, means a reverse to the Owls would leave the Robins staring at a return to League One after six seasons on football's second rung.

Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, will be without suspended defender Lewis Buxton for the game.

Buxton was sent off in Saturday's derby win over Barnsley for a second yellow card offence and will sit out a one-game ban, so Martin Taylor will come into contention for a recall.

Seyi Olofinjana and fellow midfielder Stuart Holden made their debuts after joining on loan last week from Hull and Bolton respectively, and manager Dave Jones must decide if both are capable of playing two games in four days.

Giles Coke, fit again after a foot injury, replaced Holden in the second half on Saturday, while Rhys McCabe, Kieran Lee, and David Prutton provide Jones with extra options in midfield.

Jermaine Johnson is in contention to start. He returned to the bench following international duty with Jamaica, but fellow winger Michail Antonio (groin) is out for the rest of the season.

The hosts will hope Will Grigg can manage two games in four days as they prepare to entertain their midlands neighbours.

The Northern Ireland international, who has 19 goals to his name this season, was a big doubt for Good Friday's trip to Yeovil but made an earlier than expected to return to start from the off at Huish Park.

Grigg lasted 78 minutes of the goalless draw and Saddlers boss Dean Smith, who is not expected to be have any other injury or suspension concerns, will be hoping he is fresh enough to line up once more against the Sky Blues.

New loan signing Romaine Sawyers appeared for the closing stages against the Glovers and will be aiming for a bigger role on Easter Monday as Walsall strive to stretch their 11-match unbeaten run.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley will be tempted to keep faith with an unchanged XI.

Pressley poured praise on his players after they responded from one of the toughest weeks in the crisis club's history to inflict a 1-0 defeat on league leaders Doncaster on Good Friday.

The victory would have kept City within touching distance of the play-offs were it not for a 10-point deduction for going into administration, imposed by the Football League 24 hours previous.

Pressley made three changes for the clash as fit-again skipper Carl Baker returned in midfield alongside Adam Barton, with Callum Ball taking his place in attack.

Gary McSheffrey and Cody McDonald, both benched, will be hoping for recalls while Steven Jennings will again be assessed having missed out due to injury.

Dundee boss John Brown immediately tried to sign the former Inverness and Ross County striker on a short-term deal after he became one of seven experienced players to lose their jobs with the administration-hit club.

A statement on the Dundee website read: "The signing which took place at Dens Park this afternoon is subject to SFA clearance and special dispensation due to Dunfermline's circumstances."

Partick Thistle signed two of the released Pars players, Jordan McMillan and Andy Dowie, while Dunfermline reported that goalkeeper Paul Gallacher had joined Ross County.

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