Sheff Wed v Colchester preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Sheffield Wednesday and Colchester United at Hillsborough.

Last Updated: 21/10/11 at 14:31   

Johnson: Pushing for a start

Johnson: Pushing for a start

Sheffield Wednesday striker Ryan Lowe will return to contention.

Lowe, a summer signing from Bury, has made only two substitute appearances for the Owls due to an ankle problem, but could be included in Gary Megson's squad.

Megson has no new injury or suspension problems as his side look to extend their unbeaten league run to six matches.

Midfielder David Prutton returned as an unused substitute last week after missing the previous three games with a thigh strain and will be hoping to play some part.

Winger Jermaine Johnson is also pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after appearing after half-time in last week's Steel City draw, but defenders Jon Otsemobor (calf), Daniel Jones (ankle) and goalkeeper Nicky Weaver (knee) remain long-term absentees.

The Owls could go top of the table with victory if other results go their way.

Colchester boss John Ward is positive his side will travel to Sheffield in good shape.

Unbeaten in their last four matches, the U's will be without two centre-backs, suspended Magnus Okuonghae and Pat Baldwin who is nursing a broken toe.

Baldwin is likely to miss the next couple of matches, but Ward has been boosted by two new faces in training.

Matt Heath (ankle) and Tom Eastman have returned from injury and a loan spell respectively to help ease Ward's defensive woes.

Eastman has featured regularly for League Two high-fliers Crawley so far this season and the former Ipswich man is now in line to make his Colchester debut.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
Port Vale v Sheff Utd  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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