Sheff Weds v Birmingham preview
Sheffield Wednesday’s new striker Rodri is eligible to play in
his club’s opening home fixture back in the Championship.
The Spaniard, 22, a season-long loan signing from Barcelona’s B
side, is expected to start life at Hillsborough on the bench, but
could make his debut.
Defender Anthony Gardner is expected to resume his partnership
alongside Miguel Llera in central defence despite undergoing a scan
on a hamstring problem. Mark Beevers is on stand-by should the
summer signing fail to make it.
Midfielder Chris Lines is still troubled by the groin injury
that kept him out of Saturday’s opening draw at Derby.
Manager Dave Jones must decide whether to retain summer signing
Nejc Pecnik up front in tandem with Chris O’Grady or recall either
Gary Madine or Chris Maguire.
The Owls are hoping to preserve their unbeaten record under
Jones, who has yet to taste defeat since replacing Gary Megson in
March, 14 wins and four draws ago.
Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic, meanwhile, has given Lee Clark
a major selection dilemma ahead of the game.
Zigic has not started either of the Blues’ two opening games,
but came off the bench to score a last-minute equaliser against
Charlton on Saturday.
The former Valencia striker did not appear to be in his
manager’s plans for this season, but his performance at the weekend
has given Clark food for thought.
Clark told Birmingham Mail: “He’s been patient and has been
nothing but exceptional in his application and approach.
“He’s scored a terrific goal, and he’s just given me a little
tap on the shoulder there to say ‘hey, I’m still around and I want
to be playing, not sitting on the bench’.”
Stephen Carr will also hope to be included in the squad on his
return from a thigh injury which has kept him out of the opening