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Sky Bet Championship: Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan team news

Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery could make his first senior appearance of the campaign in the home game against Wigan.

Lavery, who has missed the first half of this term due to a knee injury sustained during pre-season, scored twice for the development squad in midweek and could be involved following Gary Taylor-Fletcher's return to parent club Leicester.

Giles Coke has been ruled out for a further three weeks due to the Achilles injury that has kept him out of recent matches and fellow midfielder Sam Hutchinson (knee), plus defenders Joe Mattock (ankle), Lewis Buxton and Kamil Zayatte (hamstring) are still sidelined.

The Owls have scored only one goal in their last seven matches and are bidding for their first league win in 11.

Ben Watson will be pushing to continue on the comeback trail when Wigan travel to South Yorkshire.

The midfielder featured for the first time since breaking his leg in February when coming on for the final 10 minutes of last week's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough and played almost a full game in a development league fixture on Tuesday.

James Tavernier, Thomas Rogne, Rob Kiernan, Emyr Huws, Andy Delort and Oriol Riera also come into contention for a recall after figuring in that midweek 4-0 defeat of Morecambe.

With Chris McCann having made his first start for eight months versus Boro, new manager Malky Mackay has a welcome headache over team selection.


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  • Sky Bet Championship: Sheffield Wednesday v Wigan team news


  • Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery could make his first senior appearance of the campaign in the home game against Wigan.

  • Former Cardiff director warns Vincent Tan to keep out of Dave Whelan affair


  • Former Cardiff director Mike Hall has warned Vincent Tan not to get involved in the Dave Whelan affair for the sake of the Championship club.

  • Championship: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan charged by FA after recent comments


  • Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been charged by the Football Association with an aggravated breach of its rules following his comments about Jewish and Chinese people.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Zigic offered return


  • Birmingham are to offer Nikola Zigic a return to the club, with Wolves, Ipswich and Blackpool all planning business ahead of the loan deadline.

  • Sky Bet Championship: FA to consider Wigan owner Dave Whelan's observations


  • The Football Association has confirmed that it will consider Wigan owner Dave Whelan's observations in relation to his recent comments.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Malky Mackay confident Wigan will climb tale


  • Malky Mackay has been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the squad he has inherited at Wigan and is confident they can soon climb the Sky Bet Championship table.

  • Wigan owner Dave Whelan 'taking matter very seriously'


  • Dave Whelan has issued a brief statement in response to the Football Association’s decision to investigate the Wigan owner over comments made last week that were deemed by many to be both racist and anti-Semitic.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Ben Watson delighted after returning to action for Wigan


  • Wigan midfielder Ben Watson has spoken of his relief at returning from a lengthy lay-off in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

  • Sky Bet Championship: New Wigan boss Malky Mackay denied victory by Middlesbrough


  • Malky Mackay was denied a win in his first game as Wigan boss after Middlesbrough earned a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Malky Mackay thankful for welcome to Wigan


  • Malky Mackay admits he was touched by his welcome at Wigan but warned that the media have "had their pound of flesh" on non-football matters.

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