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Batth: Could be back for Owls

Batth: Could be back for Owls

Sheffield Wednesday defender Danny Batth is hoping to return to contention.

Batth, on a season-long loan from Wolves, had been an ever-present for the Owls this season before missing last week's win at Leyton Orient with a hamstring strain.

Another loanee, Blackpool's Miguel Llera, stepped in for Batth and was impressive alongside Rob Jones, so manager Dave Jones may have a selection dilemma.

Jones, who has no new injury or suspension worries, is expected to retain Jermaine Johnson on the left wing and Michail Antonio, on loan from Reading, on the right.

Jones must decide whether to start with on-loan pair Keith Treacy and Nile Ranger on the substitutes' bench again, with Gary Madine and Chris O'Grady starting up front, while striker Ryan Lowe is also pushing for a place in the starting line-up.

The Owls are in third spot in the table, two points behind second-placed Sheffield United.

Returning striker Neil Mellor will be assessed ahead of Preston's trip.

Mellor made his first appearance since suffering a knee cartilage injury in December when he came on as a substitute in North End's 1-1 draw with Bury last weekend.

However, the former Liverpool man felt pain in his knee and was not risked when Brentford were 3-1 victors at Deepdale on Tuesday and may have to wait a while longer for his next action from the bench.

"He's okay, a little bit of swelling as you'd expect, but nothing significant," said boss Graham Westley.

"It's going to be a progressive thing and we're going to have to manage him sensibly."

Midfielder Barry Nicholson (hamstring) remains on the sidelines, but Danny Mayor is battling to return from a muscular strain.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
Brentford v Preston  
Bristol C v Notts Co  
Carlisle v Walsall  
Colchester v Oldham  
Coventry v Swindon  
Crawley v Leyton Or  
Gillingham v Tranmere  
Port Vale v MK Dons  
Shrewsbury v Crewe  
Wolves v Rotherham  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 42 51 93
2 Brentford 42 29 87
3 Leyton Or 42 39 80
4 Rotherham 42 28 79
5 Preston 42 23 79
6 Peterboro 42 10 67
7 Swindon 42 5 60
8 MK Dons 42 1 58
9 Port Vale 42 -13 57
10 Walsall 42 2 56
11 Sheff Utd 41 -1 56
12 Crawley 41 -5 52
13 Bradford 42 1 50
14 Bristol C 42 0 50
15 Coventry 42 -1 49
16 Gillingham 42 -19 48
17 Oldham 41 -11 47
18 Colchester 42 -11 46
19 Tranmere 42 -22 46
20 Notts Co 42 -15 43
21 Carlisle 41 -26 43
22 Crewe 42 -29 43
23 Shrewsbury 42 -14 41
24 Stevenage 42 -22 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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