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withdrawn after half an hour – but not until he had scored twice to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.