Sheff Wed V Burton Albion at Hillsborough : Match Preview

31 December 2017
Gary Hooper and Joost van Aken doubtful for Sheffield Wednesday against Burton

Sheffield Wednesday look set to be without striker Gary Hooper and defender Joost van Aken once again for the home clash with Burton.

The duo sustained knocks in the Owls' win against Nottingham Forest and sat out Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Brentford.

Lucas Joao dropped to the bench at Griffin Park but came on at the start of the second half and will hope to regain his starting spot.

Caretaker boss Lee Bullen is looking for his side to bounce back against the Brewers, and said: "The good thing about the Championship is there's always another game around the corner. We know what Burton are about, they are fighting for their lives. Nigel Clough will have them well prepared, so we need to be ready for a battle."

Burton boss Nigel Clough has no fresh injury concerns and has given a positive update on long-term absentee Liam Boyce.

Striker Boyce, Albion's club-record signing, could return for the last two months of the season, with Clough telling the official website: "Liam is coming on fantastically well in his rehabilitation and we hope to have him back for the last quarter of the season which would be a big boost.

"We are hoping if everything goes well that he will train from mid-February in view to getting a little outing here and there and by March should be ready to go. That would give him 11 or 12 games."

Marvin Sordell was replaced at half-time of Saturday's goalless draw with Norwich but Clough confirmed it was a tactical decision.