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  • Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi set to return for Sheffield WednesdaySheffield Wednesday pair Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi could both return to contention for Sunday's derby clash against city rivals Sheffield United.Hutchinson has missed the last seven games due to a knee problem and fellow midfielder Abdi has been sidelined since the end of August with knee and abductor injuries.Skipper Glenn Loovens has returned to training following a hip injury but it remains to be seen whether Sunday will come too soon for the central defender.Forward Fernando Forestieri (knee) and midfielder George Boyd (shoulder) are both recovering from surgery.Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder refused to divulge any team news ahead of his side's trip along the A61.Wilder has not been able to hide the fact that he is in the midst of a striking crisis which saw Billy Sharp, Clayton Donaldson, Leon Clarke, James Hanson and Caolan Lavery miss the 1-0 defeat to Norwich through injury.The latter tw..

    Sheff Wed V Sheff Utd at Hillsborough : Match Preview

    Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi set to return for Sheffield WednesdaySheffield Wednesday pair Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi could both return to contention for Sunday's derby clash against city rivals Sheffield United.Hutchinson has missed the last seven games due to a knee problem and fellow midfielder Abdi has been sidelined since the end of August with knee and abductor injuries.Skipper Glenn Loovens has returned to training following a hip injury but it remains to be seen whether Sunday will come too soon for the central defender.Forward Fernando Forestieri (knee) and midfielder George Boyd (shoulder) are both recovering from surgery.Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder refused to divulge any team news ahead of his side's trip along the A61.Wilder has not been able to hide the fact that he is in the midst of a striking crisis which saw Billy Sharp, Clayton Donaldson, Leon Clarke, James Hanson and Caolan Lavery miss the 1-0 defeat to Norwich through injury.The latter tw..
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  • Sol Bamba rescues Cardiff and denies Sheffield Wednesday a win in WalesSol Bamba equalised deep in stoppage time to hand Cardiff a 1-1 Sky Bet Championship home draw against Sheffield Wednesday.Bamba struck from close-range in the fourth minute of time added on after Kieren Westwood had pushed out Lee Tomlin's free-kick to Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.Gary Hooper had earlier scored for the fourth successive league game - their first time he had achieved that feat since February 2008 when he was on loan at Hereford.After a flat first period - in which Wednesday were the better side - Cardiff began to show some energy which has been the hallmark of their early-season play.Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing both went close to equalising and Joe Bennett wasted a great opportunity in stoppage time before Bamba's point-saver.It is now two points from nine for a Cardiff side, who had lost the leadership of the Championship in midweek following a first defeat of the season at ..

    Cardiff 1-1 Sheff Wed – 16-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Sol Bamba rescues Cardiff and denies Sheffield Wednesday a win in WalesSol Bamba equalised deep in stoppage time to hand Cardiff a 1-1 Sky Bet Championship home draw against Sheffield Wednesday.Bamba struck from close-range in the fourth minute of time added on after Kieren Westwood had pushed out Lee Tomlin's free-kick to Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.Gary Hooper had earlier scored for the fourth successive league game - their first time he had achieved that feat since February 2008 when he was on loan at Hereford.After a flat first period - in which Wednesday were the better side - Cardiff began to show some energy which has been the hallmark of their early-season play.Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing both went close to equalising and Joe Bennett wasted a great opportunity in stoppage time before Bamba's point-saver.It is now two points from nine for a Cardiff side, who had lost the leadership of the Championship in midweek following a first defeat of the season at ..
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  • Norwich stop Sheffield United in their tracksNorwich put an end to Sheffield United's three-match winning run as a single goal from Yanic Wildschut was enough to give the Canaries a 1-0 win over the Blades in a feisty encounter at Bramall Lane.The game's only goal came on 23 minutes as Dutch midfielder Wildschut was found inside the penalty area before firing a shot a shot across goal which beat keeper Jamal Blackman and found the bottom corner.It was perhaps a deserved lead for the away side who were seizing on loose balls from Sheffield United defenders who were lacking in concentration at the back for the opening quarter of the match.However, it was the hosts who could have been in front before the goal. David Brooks did brilliantly to get past Tom Trybull on 16 minutes, but after bursting into the area saw his effort saved by Angus Gunn in the Norwich goal.Going behind seemed to wake the Blades up, as they went in pursuit of finding an equaliser with a strong period ..

    Sheff Utd 0-1 Norwich – 16-Sep-2017 : Match Report

    Norwich stop Sheffield United in their tracksNorwich put an end to Sheffield United's three-match winning run as a single goal from Yanic Wildschut was enough to give the Canaries a 1-0 win over the Blades in a feisty encounter at Bramall Lane.The game's only goal came on 23 minutes as Dutch midfielder Wildschut was found inside the penalty area before firing a shot a shot across goal which beat keeper Jamal Blackman and found the bottom corner.It was perhaps a deserved lead for the away side who were seizing on loose balls from Sheffield United defenders who were lacking in concentration at the back for the opening quarter of the match.However, it was the hosts who could have been in front before the goal. David Brooks did brilliantly to get past Tom Trybull on 16 minutes, but after bursting into the area saw his effort saved by Angus Gunn in the Norwich goal.Going behind seemed to wake the Blades up, as they went in pursuit of finding an equaliser with a strong period ..
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  • Clayton Donaldson doubtful as Blades host CanariesStriker Clayton Donaldson remains doubtful for Sheffield United's home game against Norwich.Deadline-day signing Donaldson sustained a hamstring injury on his two-goal debut in last week's 2-1 win at Sunderland and subsequently missed the midweek victory at Bolton.Midfielder Samir Carruthers (calf) is back in contention after returning to full training and goalkeeper Simon Moore (knee) is hoping to play for the under-23s next week.Caolan Lavery remains sidelined after recently fracturing a cheekbone and eye socket, while fellow striker James Hanson (thigh) and defender Richard Stearman (hamstring) are still out.Norwich head coach Daniel Farke could freshen up his Canaries following the midweek goalless draw with Burton.Midfielder Alex Tettey may be given a breather, with 20-year-old James Maddison having come off the bench for the closing stages, along with Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut.Centre-back Grant Hanley is anothe..

    Sheff Utd V Norwich at Bramall Lane : Match Preview

    Clayton Donaldson doubtful as Blades host CanariesStriker Clayton Donaldson remains doubtful for Sheffield United's home game against Norwich.Deadline-day signing Donaldson sustained a hamstring injury on his two-goal debut in last week's 2-1 win at Sunderland and subsequently missed the midweek victory at Bolton.Midfielder Samir Carruthers (calf) is back in contention after returning to full training and goalkeeper Simon Moore (knee) is hoping to play for the under-23s next week.Caolan Lavery remains sidelined after recently fracturing a cheekbone and eye socket, while fellow striker James Hanson (thigh) and defender Richard Stearman (hamstring) are still out.Norwich head coach Daniel Farke could freshen up his Canaries following the midweek goalless draw with Burton.Midfielder Alex Tettey may be given a breather, with 20-year-old James Maddison having come off the bench for the closing stages, along with Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut.Centre-back Grant Hanley is anothe..
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  • Injuries mount as Bolton prepare to face Sheffield UnitedBolton's injury issues are mounting ahead of Sheffield United's visit to the Macron Stadium.Wanderers were waiting on the scan results for Derik Osede (groin) and Stephen Darby (hamstring) on Monday, while Filipe Morais' knee injury means he is also doubtful to feature against the Blades.Andrew Taylor's calf problem looks set to keep him out again, though David Wheater's knee injury does not look as serious as first feared and he could play.Sammy Ameobi (knee) is unlikely to be involved and Josh Vela (ankle) is still some way off a comeback.Clayton Donaldson is a doubt for Sheffield United with a hamstring problem.The transfer deadline-day arrival from Birmingham suffered the injury scoring his second goal of the game during the Blades' 2-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday.Boss Chris Wilder is confident the striker will be back in contention for the weekend, should he fail to recover in time..

    Bolton V Sheff Utd at Macron Stadium : Match Preview

    Injuries mount as Bolton prepare to face Sheffield UnitedBolton's injury issues are mounting ahead of Sheffield United's visit to the Macron Stadium.Wanderers were waiting on the scan results for Derik Osede (groin) and Stephen Darby (hamstring) on Monday, while Filipe Morais' knee injury means he is also doubtful to feature against the Blades.Andrew Taylor's calf problem looks set to keep him out again, though David Wheater's knee injury does not look as serious as first feared and he could play.Sammy Ameobi (knee) is unlikely to be involved and Josh Vela (ankle) is still some way off a comeback.Clayton Donaldson is a doubt for Sheffield United with a hamstring problem.The transfer deadline-day arrival from Birmingham suffered the injury scoring his second goal of the game during the Blades' 2-1 win against Sunderland on Saturday.Boss Chris Wilder is confident the striker will be back in contention for the weekend, should he fail to recover in time..
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  • Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri out for three months with knee injurySheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri will miss the home game against Nottingham Forest after being ruled out for three months.Forestieri has been struggling with a knee injury and will have surgery next week, while the Owls will still be without skipper Glenn Loovens and midfielder Sam Hutchinson.Centre-half Loovens (hip) and Hutchinson (knee) have both missed the last four matches. Midfielder Kieran Lee (hip), yet to feature this season, is working his way back to full fitness.Defender Joost van Aken, signed from Dutch side Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee, and midfielder Jacob Butterfield, on loan from Derby, are both in contention.New signing Adam Federici will have to wait a little longer to make his Forest debut after suffering an injury while on international duty with Australia.The goalkeeper joined the Reds on loan from Bournemouth on the final day of the transfer window and he..

    Sheff Wed V Nottm Forest at Hillsborough : Match Preview

    Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri out for three months with knee injurySheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri will miss the home game against Nottingham Forest after being ruled out for three months.Forestieri has been struggling with a knee injury and will have surgery next week, while the Owls will still be without skipper Glenn Loovens and midfielder Sam Hutchinson.Centre-half Loovens (hip) and Hutchinson (knee) have both missed the last four matches. Midfielder Kieran Lee (hip), yet to feature this season, is working his way back to full fitness.Defender Joost van Aken, signed from Dutch side Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee, and midfielder Jacob Butterfield, on loan from Derby, are both in contention.New signing Adam Federici will have to wait a little longer to make his Forest debut after suffering an injury while on international duty with Australia.The goalkeeper joined the Reds on loan from Bournemouth on the final day of the transfer window and he..
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  • Debutant Mason is Burton's heroJoe Mason made an instant impact on his Burton debut, grabbing a 65th-minute equaliser to hand Nigel Clough's side a deserved share of the spoils against Sheffield Wednesday.The Brewers boss has never lost a competitive league fixture against the Owls and his latest signing ensured that run would continue to eight games, also keeping the Brewers outside of the bottom three going into the international break.The Wolves loanee had only been on the pitch for a minute when his sharp turn and shot inside the box found the back of the net to cancel out Gary Hooper's 36th-minute opener.Hooper had started and finished the move, catching Albion on a swift counter-attack to hand Carlos Carvalhal's side the lead.Surging from his own half, Hooper shrugged off a challenge from Luke Murphy, setting up Steven Fletcher for a shot that was blocked. When the ball fell kindly for Jack Hunt on the right his low cross was nonchalantly flicked in by Ho..

    Burton Albion 1-1 Sheff Wed – 26-Aug-2017 : Match Report

    Debutant Mason is Burton's heroJoe Mason made an instant impact on his Burton debut, grabbing a 65th-minute equaliser to hand Nigel Clough's side a deserved share of the spoils against Sheffield Wednesday.The Brewers boss has never lost a competitive league fixture against the Owls and his latest signing ensured that run would continue to eight games, also keeping the Brewers outside of the bottom three going into the international break.The Wolves loanee had only been on the pitch for a minute when his sharp turn and shot inside the box found the back of the net to cancel out Gary Hooper's 36th-minute opener.Hooper had started and finished the move, catching Albion on a swift counter-attack to hand Carlos Carvalhal's side the lead.Surging from his own half, Hooper shrugged off a challenge from Luke Murphy, setting up Steven Fletcher for a shot that was blocked. When the ball fell kindly for Jack Hunt on the right his low cross was nonchalantly flicked in by Ho..
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  • Sharp leads Blades to victory as Derby run endsSheffield United enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Derby County to end the Rams' three-match winning streak.The Blades led 2-0 at half-time, due to a goal from captain Billy Sharp and a Johnny Russell own goal.A late Craig Bryson header set up a nervy finish for the Yorkshire side but Sharp capped off the Blades' win.The Blades took the lead after a bright start, when Derby keeper Scott Carson's attempted pass fell straight to Sharp and he struck low into the bottom left corner in only the fourth minute.Derby instantly pushed for an equaliser, Russell forcing a tackle from the United defence after dispossessing Paul Coutts and running towards goal.United had a chance to extend their lead as Coutts' low effort from outside the box went wide of the left-hand post.Continuing their push for a second, Sharp had a shot blocked after neat build-up play inside the Derby penalty area.Weimann then fired just over after receiving..

    Sheff Utd 3-1 Derby – 26-Aug-2017 : Match Report

    Sharp leads Blades to victory as Derby run endsSheffield United enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Derby County to end the Rams' three-match winning streak.The Blades led 2-0 at half-time, due to a goal from captain Billy Sharp and a Johnny Russell own goal.A late Craig Bryson header set up a nervy finish for the Yorkshire side but Sharp capped off the Blades' win.The Blades took the lead after a bright start, when Derby keeper Scott Carson's attempted pass fell straight to Sharp and he struck low into the bottom left corner in only the fourth minute.Derby instantly pushed for an equaliser, Russell forcing a tackle from the United defence after dispossessing Paul Coutts and running towards goal.United had a chance to extend their lead as Coutts' low effort from outside the box went wide of the left-hand post.Continuing their push for a second, Sharp had a shot blocked after neat build-up play inside the Derby penalty area.Weimann then fired just over after receiving..
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  • Leon Clarke suspended for Sheffield United's clash with DerbyStriker Leon Clarke will miss Sheffield United's Sky Bet Championship showdown with Derby through suspension.Clarke was sent off following an off-the-ball incident with Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald during last weekend's South Yorkshire derby and will serve the second instalment of his ban after sitting out the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester in midweek.Ched Evans got the nod against the Foxes, while Caolan Lavery scored the Blades' goal in a 4-1 defeat, although neither is certain of earning another start alongside skipper Billy Sharp in Clarke's absence.Central defender Richard Stearman is sidelined for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury, while striker James Hanson has been nursing a thigh strain.Johnny Russell is an injury doubt for Derby as they prepare to head to the Steel City.The winger suffered a groin injury in the win at Bolton last weekend and is being assessed after under..

    Sheff Utd V Derby at Bramall Lane : Match Preview

    Leon Clarke suspended for Sheffield United's clash with DerbyStriker Leon Clarke will miss Sheffield United's Sky Bet Championship showdown with Derby through suspension.Clarke was sent off following an off-the-ball incident with Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald during last weekend's South Yorkshire derby and will serve the second instalment of his ban after sitting out the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester in midweek.Ched Evans got the nod against the Foxes, while Caolan Lavery scored the Blades' goal in a 4-1 defeat, although neither is certain of earning another start alongside skipper Billy Sharp in Clarke's absence.Central defender Richard Stearman is sidelined for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury, while striker James Hanson has been nursing a thigh strain.Johnny Russell is an injury doubt for Derby as they prepare to head to the Steel City.The winger suffered a groin injury in the win at Bolton last weekend and is being assessed after under..
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  • Lucas Piazon leg-break blow for FulhamFulham will be without Lucas Piazon for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.The on-loan Chelsea midfielder faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he suffered a broken leg in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Leeds.Boss Slavisa Jokanovic could add Sheyi Ojo to his squad after signing the young forward on loan from Liverpool.Tom Cairney's knee injury will be assessed while Tomas Kalas returns from suspension.Sheffield Wednesday's latest signing Frederico Venancio could make his debut for the club.Centre-half Venancio has joined on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal and is likely to feature if Glenn Loovens fails to recover from the back injury that ruled him out of the midweek draw against Sunderland.Sam Hutchinson and fellow midfielder Almen Abdi will be assessed as they manage respective ongoing knee problems, while summer signing George Boyd, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher are pushing for recalls.Head coach Ca..

    Fulham V Sheff Wed at Craven Cottage : Match Preview

    Lucas Piazon leg-break blow for FulhamFulham will be without Lucas Piazon for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday.The on-loan Chelsea midfielder faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he suffered a broken leg in Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Leeds.Boss Slavisa Jokanovic could add Sheyi Ojo to his squad after signing the young forward on loan from Liverpool.Tom Cairney's knee injury will be assessed while Tomas Kalas returns from suspension.Sheffield Wednesday's latest signing Frederico Venancio could make his debut for the club.Centre-half Venancio has joined on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal and is likely to feature if Glenn Loovens fails to recover from the back injury that ruled him out of the midweek draw against Sunderland.Sam Hutchinson and fellow midfielder Almen Abdi will be assessed as they manage respective ongoing knee problems, while summer signing George Boyd, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher are pushing for recalls.Head coach Ca..
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