Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine could be tempted to hand on-loan striker Luke Varney a start in the home game with Plymouth.

Varney recently returned to Hillsborough on loan until the end of the season but has started the last two games on the substitutes' bench and after the midweek defeat at Scunthorpe, Irvine could make changes.

Francis Jeffers is in contention following a hamstring injury and another striker, Akpo Sodje, is in the shake-up as Irvine searches for a cutting edge.

Winger Jermaine Johnson will be out for at least another four weeks due to his hamstring injury while Tommy Miller is also struggling with a similar problem.

Midfielder Miller has had an injection to aid his recovery and could return to contention next week.

Plymouth head coach Paul Mariner is set to have the rare luxury of being able to select from the side that overcame Derby 1-0.

Central defender Kari Arnason shrugged off a leg injury to feature throughout against County on Tuesday alongside the recalled Reda Johnson.

Johnson received an instant recall after returning from African Nations Cup duty with Benin.

Chris Barker has recovered from a calf injury and was introduced as a late replacement for Johnson.

Midfielder Jim Paterson (hamstring) is still sidelined while new on-loan Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale is likely to keep his place after keeping a clean sheet on his debut.

Stockdale replaced long-serving Romain Larrieu in Tuesday's starting XI.

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Topics:
Sheffield Wednesday
Kari Arnason
Fulham
Akpo Sodje
Football
Tommy Miller
Scunthorpe United
Championship
Jermaine Johnson
David Stockdale
Derby County
Francis Jeffers
Reda Johnson
Luke Varney
Chris Barker
Romain Larrieu
Plymouth Argyle