Luke Varney will go straight back into Sheffield Wednesday's squad for the home clash with Peterborough after returning on loan from Derby until the end of the season.

The striker, who spent the first half of the season on loan with the Owls, may have to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench after Wednesday's two straight wins under new manager Alan Irvine.

Irvine, whose side won 2-1 at Barnsley in his first game in charge last Saturday and followed it up with a similar scoreline at Blackpool in midweek, will be without winger Jermaine Johnson.

Johnson was forced out of the action at Bloomfield Road with a strained hamstring and replaced by Leon Clarke, who went on to score the Owls' second goal.

Clarke is expected to retain his place alongside Marcus Tudgay up front, while on-loan midfielder Tom Soares will play his last game before returning to Crystal Palace.

Peterborough manager Mark Cooper will have a makeshift defence at his disposal.

Cooper saw centre-halves Ryan Bennett and Craig Morgan both sent off in last weekend's demoralising 3-0 home defeat to Derby and the pair are both suspended for the trip to Hillsborough.

Midfielder Charlie Lee is expected to be asked to fill-in alongside former Kettering man Exodus Geohaghon as another regular, Gabriel Zakuani, remains out with a groin injury.

Kerrea Gilbert, Reuben Reid, Jake Livermore and Izale Mcleod all made their debuts against Derby at the weekend and should all keep their places as Cooper desperately searches for a first away win of the season.

Midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has joined Brentford on loan, while striker Aaron Mclean will continue to be available for selection despite being placed on the transfer list earlier this month.M

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