Injury-hit Sheffield Wednesday ready to kick-start season with trip to Bristol City

Sheffield Wednesday continue in their attempt to pull themselves from a relegation scrap when they travel to Bristol City on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Owls bowed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday as their old boss, Carlos Carvalhal, steered his new Swansea City side into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory.

Without a win in their last two Championship matches, Jos Luhukay’s injury-hit Owls side will be hoping for speedy recoveries with defender Tom Lees in contention after missing from the first team scene since November 22.

The influential centre-back underwent groin surgery towards the end of last year and was given a further setback last week as he picked up a knock in an Under-23 match.

Eight other senior players remain side-lined in what’s been a disaster season for Wednesday, but they have a chance to kick-start their campaign when they make the trip south west.

They will come up against a Bristol City outfit who have impressed so far this term and sit one point and a place outside the play-offs despite not winning any of their last five league games.

28-year-old defender, Aden Flint, signed a new contract today  after making 37 appearances so far this season for the Robins. He joined the club in 2013 for an undisclosed fee from Swindon, and the deal includes the option to extend until 2021.

The two teams recorded a 0-0 stalemate when they last met at Hillsborough in November, but City will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways at Ashton Gate on Saturday as the Owls have notched just four wins from their last 23 competitive matches.

A win for Wednesday could see them pull 10 points clear of the drop-zone, with a home-tie coming up on March 6 vs Ipswich Town.

Adam May

I'm a trainee journalist and Head of Sport at Forge Press, the University of Sheffield's free student newspaper. Former Chelmsford City Press Officer and Non-League Paper match reporter.

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