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31 January 2014 08:01
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Afobe in line for Owls start

Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing Benik Afobe could make his debut for the club in the derby clash with Barnsley.

The 20-year-old Arsenal striker has joined until the end of the season and could go straight into the starting line-up, but midfielder Giles Coke is suspended and Glenn Loovens faces a late fitness test.

Coke starts a three-game ban after his straight red card at Millwall, while centre-half Loovens was forced off due to a hamstring strain and is doubtful.

Reda Johnson (hip flexor) is hoping to return to the squad after missing the last three matches and also faces a late fitness test, but fellow defender Joe Mattock is back in contention after his one-game ban.

Barnsley's new loan signing Jack Hunt is expected to make his debut for the club in the derby clash at Sheffield Wednesday.

The former Huddersfield right-back, recovered from the broken ankle he sustained shortly after completing a permanent move to Crystal Palace last September, could go straight into the starting line-up. New goalkeeper Iain Turner is set to take his place on the bench.

Fellow loanee right-back Ryan McLaughlin has returned to parent club Liverpool after tearing a gluteal muscle, while boss Danny Wilson could be boosted by the return of midfielder Jacob Mellis, defender Bobby Hassell (calf) and striker Marcus Pedersen (thigh).

Wilson has no new injury or suspension problems, while January signings Nick Proschwitz, Liam Lawrence and Brek Shea are all in contention.

Source: PA