Sheff W v Bristol C preview
Sheffield Wednesday striker Jay Bothroyd is expected to miss
Saturday’s Championship clash with Bristol City at
Bothroyd, who hurt his ankle during the recent home defeat to
Watford, sat out last week’s defeat at Cardiff and is not likely to
Stoke loanee Mamady Sidibe partnered Chris O’Grady up front at
Cardiff but is also doubtful due to a hamstring strain, while
defender Anthony Gardner is struggling with a similar problem. Both
players will undergo late fitness tests.
Gary Madine and Rodri are on stand-by should Sidibe fail to make
it, while Kieran Lee and Daniel Jones provide manager Dave Jones
with alternative options at the back.
Midfielder Danny Mayor is hoping to retain his place in the
starting line-up after making his full-debut for the club at
Cardiff, while David Prutton is expected to continue alongside him
after he made his first appearance for the Owls last week following
his return from a loan spell Scunthorpe.
Bristol City will be without Martyn Woolford after the winger
The 27-year-old former Scunthorpe man missed last weekend’s
defeat to Wolves with a knock to his knee but he will now be kept
away from his team-mates for at least the next week.
Manager Derek McInnes was already without a number of first team
players including the likes of Lewin Nyatanga and Jon Stead while
four of his players are on the comeback trail but are not ready for
Championship action just yet.
Stephen McManus, Greg Cunningham, Cole Skuse and Jody Morris
have returned to training but the trip to Hillsborough comes too
soon for them.
Steven Davies gave his manager a reminder of what he can do with
a goal for the reserves in a 1-1 draw with Exeter in midweek, a
Robins side that also included winger Paul Anderson who has only
played six times for the first team this season.