Jim to Make Changes
Sunday, 8th Apr 2007 20:14
Town boss Jim Magilton has promised to make changes to his side for the Easter Monday trip to Sheffield Wednesday. The Blues manager could recall Dan Harding and Gavin Williams.
Harding is available again after his two-match ban and could replace David Wright at left-back with Fabian Wilnis, who came into the side as the former Leeds man's replacement, retaining his role on the right of the defence after some excellent performances.
Jason De Vos and Alex Bruce are likely to continue in the middle of the defence with Ian Miller in with a chance of making his second Town appearance as a sub at some stage. Richard Naylor is out for the season with bone bruising to his toe.
In midfield, Magilton has hinted that he'll recall Gavin Williams after resting the Welshman against Barnsley. Williams is on nine yellow cards and would have faced a two-game ban had he picked up his 10th before the deadline of the second Sunday in April.
Magilton may wish to continue with the Owen Garvan-George O'Callaghan central midfield pairing which did so well against the Tykes, which could see Williams return in a wide role, perhaps in place of Jaime Peters who has been less effective away from home. Sylvain Legwinski is out until pre-season after breaking a metatarsal at Luton.
Up front, the Town manager previously intimated that he would start Franny Jeffers at Hillsborough, the striker having scored after coming off the bench on Saturday. Top scorer Alan Lee could be the man to make way after another excellent performance from Jon Walters.
Wednesday boss Brian Laws is unlikely to make changes from the team which beat Cardiff 2-1 away at the weekend. The Owls are unbeaten in eight and currently sit in 11th, two places and five points above the Blues.
Defender Frank Simek is suspended, while winger Jermaine Johnson, who had a trial with the Blues back in 2001, is a doubt with chicken pox.
Full-back John Hills, once targeted by former Town boss Joe Royle during his spell with Gillingham, may return after a calf injury.
Former MK Dons striker Wade Small remains out of action with a long-term knee injury, while another frontman Burton O'Brien has been out of action with a groin problem since January.
Ex-Wolves striker Leon Clarke is back from a month on loan at Oldham and made his first start for Wednesday in the victory at Ninian Park, scoring the opening goal.
Monday's referee is Premiership official Rob Styles, who has shown 112 yellow and eight red cards in 36 games this season. His last Town game was the 1-1 home draw with West Ham in September 2004.
Squad: Bruce, Clarke, De Vos, Garvan, Haynes, Jeffers, Lee, Miller, O'Callaghan, Peters, Price, Rhodes, Richards, Roberts, Sito, Supple, Walters, Williams, Wilnis, Wright.
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