Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine is hoping Leon Clarke and Jermaine Johnson can prove their fitness in time for the Steel City derby at Hillsborough.

Forward Clarke was restricted to the substitutes' bench in last week's defeat at Middlesbrough, which forced Irvine to put winger Johnson straight back in as a central striker following a spell on the sidelines and the Jamaica international went on to play the full 90 minutes.

Both players have been struggling with hamstring problems and Irvine is hoping Johnson has not suffered a reaction.

Defender Lewis Buxton could return after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, while midfield pair Tommy Miller (calf) and Sean McAllister (stomach) have both been out of action for several weeks and are not expected to feature.

The Owls, who have no other new injury or suspension problems, are chasing their first win in five matches in their bid to leapfrog Crystal Palace and climb out of the bottom three.

Sheffield United will field half a team who have never experienced a Steel City derby.

Blades manager Kevin Blackwell has no new injury or suspension problems, but a long list of absentees this season has forced him to draft in players on loan and several will be making their first appearances in the fixture.

Goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, defenders Paul Connolly, Nyron Nosworthy, Kyle Bartley and Marcel Seip and wingers Mark Yeates and Glenn Little, who all featured last week and are expected to be included again, have never experienced a Steel City derby before.

Meanwhile, Blackwell is still without long-term absentees Jordan Stewart, Gary Naysmith, Derek Geary and Ryan France (all knee injuries), while strikers Henri Camara (groin), Ched Evans (broken collarbone) and Jamie Ward (hamstring) and defender Toni Kallio (calf) are also unavailable.

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