Sheff W v Bristol C preview

Sheffield Wednesday striker Jay Bothroyd is expected to miss

Saturday’s Championship clash with Bristol City at

Hillsborough.

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

feature.

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

developed shingles.

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.