Sheffield Wednesday will include Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe
in their squad for Saturday’s Championship clash with Leicester at
Manchester City defender Helan and Stoke striker Sidibe could
both make their Owls debuts after joining the club on loan, but
manager Dave Jones will be without teenage midfielder Ross Barkley,
who has returned to parent club Everton.
Jones must decide whether to recall Chris Lines, who had been
sidelined for three months before returning to the squad for last
week’s defeat at Nottingham Forest, Rhys McCabe or Paul Corry to
fill the gap left by Barkley.
Wednesday captain Martin Taylor is hoping to win a recall in
central defence alongside Anthony Gardner as Miguel Llera sits out
a one-game ban for reaching five yellow cards, while striker Chris
O’Grady is struggling to shake off a foot problem.
Leicester’s leading goalscorer David Nugent will miss the trip
but experienced defender Paul Konchesky is back in the Foxes
A neck injury forced Nugent off during the 2-2 draw with
Nottingham Forest earlier this month and the problem flared up
again last weekend against Ipswich, with the striker having to be
withdrawn after half an hour – but not until he had scored twice to
help put Leicester 3-0 up in a game they went on to win 6-0.
Nugent, who has scored nine goals in his last 12 outings, is
also likely to sit out Tuesday night’s match against Leeds at
Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy, Nugent’s replacement against the
Tractor Boys, will be keen to get the nod again after he was
rejected by the Owls as a teenager before rebuilding his career in
Foxes boss Nigel Pearson also has Marko Futacs as an option
after the big Hungarian came on as a substitute against Ipswich to
score his first League goal for the club.
Makeshift left-back Jeff Schlupp could also revert to his usual
striking role as Konchesky is fit again after a two-match absence
with a hamstring injury.
Bristol Rovers’ new signing Guy Branston could go straight into
the starting line-up to face his former club Bradford.
The 33-year-old ex-Torquay centre-back joined on Thursday after
fellow defender Tom Parkes suffered an ankle injury in the 4-0
defeat at Port Vale on Tuesday.
Mark McGhee is also expected to include on-loan Chelsea keeper
Sam Walker in his side after Fulham recalled Neil Etheridge to
Meanwhile Rovers hope on-loan Leicester defender Cian Bolger
will return to the club next Wednesday after a three-month absence
with a knee injury. Bolger is set to play in two practice games for
parent club Leicester over the weekend.
McGhee’s men host Bradford with two points separating them from
rock-bottom Barnet at the foot of npower League Two.
Bradford’s latest loan signings Blair Turgott and Curtis Good
could go straight into the squad after arriving from West Ham and
England Under-19 international Turgott will stay at the club for
two months, while Good will also stay until the new year.
Manager Phil Parkinson, already without defenders Andrew Davies
(knee) and Luke Oliver (Achilles) due to season-ending injuries,
drafted in John Egan on loan from Sunderland as cover, but broke
his right leg in the midweek win over Plymouth. Fellow Irishman
Carl McHugh replaced Egan alongside Rory McArdle at the
Defenders Stephen Darby (hip) and James Meredith (groin) shook
off their respective injuries to last the full 90 minutes in
midweek and will continue, but striker Zavon Hines will be
sidelined for another two to three weeks after a scan revealed the
full extent of his ankle injury.
Midfielder Ritchie Jones returned to contention on Tuesday night
following a back problem and could feature on the bench again.
New loan signing Gregg Wylde will go straight into Bury’s squad
for the weekend tie.
The former Rangers midfielder has signed a one-month loan deal
with the Shakers having been allowed to leave Bolton by Trotters
boss Dougie Freedman.
Kevin Blackwell will hope Wylde can be an immediate replacement
for Dominic Poleon who returned to parent club Leeds this week.
Wolves’ 19-year-old defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell is once again
expected to deputise for the injured Adam Lockwood, having been
handed his league debut in Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Scunthorpe.
Blackwell will be made to continue without striker Lenell
John-Lewis (hamstring), who remains a fortnight away from
Forward pair David Healy (calf) and Andy Bishop (foot) will have
to prove their fitness after missing recent games, while Phil
Picken (knee) is a long-term absentee.
Bournemouth’s returning hero Brett Pitman will go straight into
contention after signing a loan deal until January with a view to a
The Bristol City striker, who scored 62 goals in 197 appearances
for the Cherries before moving to Ashton Gate in 2010, was paraded
in front of the club’s supporters at half-time on Tuesday night and
is ready to feature at Gigg Lane.
Eddie Howe is very unlikely to make many changes to a side that
are yet to taste defeat since the former Burnley boss returned to
the south coast. The 34-year-old could even name an unchanged XI
after his side came through the 1-1 draw with Stevenage
The Cherries boss inherited a large squad when he moved back
from Burnley and three players made loan moves away from the south
coast on Thursday with Wes Thomas going to Blackpool, Josh
Wakefield joining Dagenham and fans’ favourite Mark Molesley
signing a loan deal with Plymouth.
Bournemouth are now 11th in League One and are eight League