Tranmere boss Les Parry could be boosted by the return of a number of players for the home clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Striker Ian Thomas-Moore missed the recent Johnstone`s Paint Trophy defeat to Huddersfield with a calf injury but may be passed fit for the Prenton Park clash.

Defender Marlon Broomes is approaching full fitness again following a back injury and midfielder Alan Mahon is also edging his way back to action after undergoing surgery in the summer.

Tranmere will also have Joss Labadie available against the Owls after the midfielder completed a three-match suspension for his red card in the 1-0 win at Notts County on November 20.

After three straight defeats, Parry said: "It is all about character now."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine is hoping to include Jon Otsemobor in his starting line-up.

Otsemobor has missed the last eight matches due to a calf injury but returned to training this week and could go straight into the side at right-back, with Daniel Jones expected to make way.

Striker Neil Mellor is also pushing for a recall to the starting line-up after returning to the bench last week following an ankle injury. Irvine must decide whether to retain winger Jermaine Johnson in a central role alongside Clinton Morrison or switch his formation.

Defender Lewis Buxton is definitely out due to a hamstring strain, as is midfielder Giles Coke who recently had a minor knee operation.

The Owls could go top of the table with victory if other results go their way.

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