Baptism of fire for new Owls boss

Last updated : 12 January 2018 By Chris Morris

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New Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay takes charge of his first game on Friday night, the small matter of the Owls visit to city neighbours Sheffield United.

Wednesday make the short trip across the city without several key players sidelined through injury. Keiren Westwood, Jack Hunt, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri are all unlikely to feature meaning that the new boss has close to a full first choice 11 unavailable.

The home side are without key midfielder Paul Coutts and young prospect David Brooks but new signings Ryan Leonard, Lee Evans and James Wilson could all be in contention to make their debuts.

Wednesday have won just 1 of their last 10  matches in the league and have lost their last 2 Championship fixtures without scoring. United sit just outside the play-off places but are also in poor form having won just 1 of their last 9 league games, though they did win 1-0 at Ipswich last weekend in the F.A. Cup.

The Owls will be looking to avenge the 4-2 defeat that they suffered at the hands of the Blades in September but they have only won once on their last 14 visits to Bramall Lane.