Sheffield Wednesday skipper Darren Purse is hoping to return to the starting line-up for his side's home clash with Leicester.

The central defender has missed the last two games due to a hamstring strain, but returned to full training this week and will be included in Alan Irvine's squad.

Wednesday could also be boosted by the return of winger Jermaine Johnson, who has been out since mid-January, while striker Francis Jeffers could make his first appearance since the turn of the year. Both Johnson and Jeffers have struggled with hamstring problems.

Midfielder Tommy Miller returned to the substitutes' bench last week following an injury lay-off and is hoping to play a bigger role, while defender Lewis Buxton misses out as he too is dogged by hamstring trouble.

Irvine has no other new injury or suspension problems as his relegation strugglers look to bounce back from last week's 5-0 defeat at Reading.

An unchanged Leicester squad will travel to Hillsborough.

Boss Nigel Pearson, who is a Wednesday legend, must decide whether to make changes to the side that comprehensively beat midlands promotion rivals Nottingham Forest last weekend.

No changes are expected in defence, so Ryan McGivern and Alex Bruce are likely to remain on the bench.

Midfielders Nicky Adams and Nolberto Solano and forwards Steve Howard, Yann Kermorgant and Dany N`Guessan are those hoping to be recalled.

The Owls were beaten 5-0 at Reading last time out and City assistant manager Craig Shakespeare has warned his side against a backlash, he said: "They will be hurting. We know what it is like and we know how much they will want to bounce back straight away.

"We have to be ready for it, which we will. We expect them to be up for it. They will be in front of their own crowd and it is a difficult place to go to. However, we are confident of late on our travels as we have ground out some good results away from home."

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