Middlesbrough skipper Gary O'Neil is unlikely to play in the Coca-Cola Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

O'Neil, who is also on nine bookings, was left out of Monday's 2-0 win at Plymouth with a payment of #1million due to former club Portsmouth if he makes one more appearance for Boro under the terms of his transfer deal.

But defender Andrew Taylor is hopeful of winning his battle against the hernia problem which sidelined him at Home Park.

Austria international Emanuel Pogatetz is still struggling with the painful knee injury which has kept him out of the last three games.

Striker Jeremie Aliadiere is back in light training after recovering from a broken toe and could be back later this month but Willo Flood and Matthew Bates (both cruciate ligament), Seb Hines (ankle and knee ligament) and Tony McMahon (stress fracture of the foot) remain on the casualty list.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine is hoping to have Jermaine Johnson back in his squad.

Johnson has been struggling in recent weeks with a hamstring injury and although he appeared for the last 20 minutes in the 1-1 draw at QPR on Saturday, he was left out of the squad on Monday when the Owls went down 1-0 at home to Bristol City.

Defender Lewis Buxton is in a similar situation. He returned at QPR after being out with a hamstring problem since the end of January and missed Monday's fixture, but Irvine hopes he too will be available.

Midfield pair Tommy Miller (calf) and Sean McAllister (stomach) both remain sidelined, but Irvine has no other new injury or suspension problems.

The Owls, who dropped back into the bottom three after Monday's defeat, last won away from home at Blackpool in mid-January.

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