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23 November 2012 12:31
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New faces set for Wednesday debuts

Sheffield Wednesday will include new loan signings Jeremy Helan and Mamady Sidibe in their squad for the visit of Leicester.

Manchester City defender Helan and Stoke striker Sidibe could both make their Owls debuts, but manager Dave Jones will be without teenage midfielder Ross Barkley, who has returned to parent club Everton.

Jones must decide whether to recall Chris Lines, who had been sidelined for three months before returning to the squad for last week's defeat at Nottingham Forest, Rhys McCabe or Paul Corry to fill the gap left by Barkley.

Wednesday captain Martin Taylor is hoping to win a recall in central defence alongside Anthony Gardner as Miguel Llera sits out a one-game ban for reaching five yellow cards, while striker Chris O'Grady is struggling to shake off a foot problem.

The Owls, who have lost their last three league games, are looking to secure their fourth home win of the season.

Leading goalscorer David Nugent will miss out for Leicester but experienced defender Paul Konchesky is back in the Foxes squad.

A neck injury forced Nugent off during the 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest earlier this month and the problem flared up again last weekend against Ipswich, with the striker having to be withdrawn after half an hour - but not until he had scored twice to help put Leicester 3-0 up in a game they went on to win 6-0.

Nugent, who has scored nine goals in his last 12 outings, is also likely to sit out Tuesday night's match against Leeds at Elland Road.

Wednesday fan Jamie Vardy, Nugent's replacement against the Tractor Boys, will be keen to get the nod again after he was rejected by the Owls as a teenager before rebuilding his career in non-league football.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson also has Marko Futacs as an option after the big Hungarian came on as a substitute against Ipswich to score his first League goal for the club.

Makeshift left-back Jeff Schlupp could also revert to his usual striking role as Konchesky is fit again after a two-match absence with a hamstring injury.

Source: PA