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Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Rochdale at Hillsborough.

Last Updated: 12/11/10 at 12:44

Otsemobor (right): Doubtful for Owls

Otsemobor (right): Doubtful for Owls

Sheffield Wednesday skipper Darren Purse and fellow defender Jon Otsemobor face late fitness tests.

Purse failed to appear for the second half of the Owls' Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Hartlepool in midweek due to a rib injury, while Otsemobor had been forced off earlier with a calf strain. Both players are rated doubtful.

Owls manager Alan Irvine, who has no other new injury or suspension problems, could be boosted by the return of winger Jermaine Johnson, who has missed the last two matches due to a hamstring injury.

Wednesday have slipped to 10th place, three points adrift of the play-offs, following back-to-back league defeats and are bidding to win their first game in four League One matches.

Rochdale boss Keith Hill could be without goalkeeper Matty Edwards for the trip to Hillsborough.

Edwards suffered a finger injury during the warm-up for the Manchester Senior Cup game against Bolton and is doubtful.

Hill has an otherwise full squad to choose from as his men bid to bounce back from last week's FA Cup first-round defeat against FC United of Manchester.

Hill said: "I always get a good reaction from the players. I was disappointed with the performance against FC United as well as the result, considering who we were playing against.

"The facts are that we were at home and we are the league club and we should not be conceding three goals to FC United."

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League One Fixtures

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Crewe v Colchester  
MK Dons v Brentford  
Notts Co v Crawley  
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Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 43 53 96
2 Brentford 43 30 90
3 Leyton Or 43 38 80
4 Rotherham 43 26 79
5 Preston 43 22 79
6 Peterboro 43 9 67
7 Swindon 43 6 63
8 Port Vale 43 -12 60
9 Sheff Utd 42 0 59
10 MK Dons 43 0 58
11 Walsall 43 2 57
12 Crawley 42 -4 55
13 Bradford 43 2 53
14 Bristol C 43 1 53
15 Gillingham 43 -17 51
16 Oldham 42 -10 50
17 Coventry 43 -2 49
18 Colchester 43 -12 46
19 Tranmere 43 -24 46
20 Crewe 43 -27 46
21 Carlisle 42 -26 44
22 Notts Co 43 -16 43
23 Shrewsbury 43 -16 41
24 Stevenage 43 -23 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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