Blues protect Williams

GAVIN Williams is set to miss out today against Barnsley in order to be protected from a possible two-match ban.The Blues midfielder will probably regain his place against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday but manager Jim Magilton is mindful that Williams is sitting on none bookings for the season and one more before tomorrow's cut off date will earn him another suspension.

By Derek Davis

GAVIN Williams is set to miss out today against Barnsley in order to be protected from a possible two-match ban.

The Blues midfielder will probably regain his place against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday but manager Jim Magilton is mindful that Williams is sitting on none bookings for the season and one more before tomorrow's cut off date will earn him another suspension.

If he picks up another yellow card after tomorrow then he will not serve a ban but will be fined and warned as to his future conduct.


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George O'Callaghan is likely to start in the middle with Owen Garvan sitting deep in the absence of long-term injury victim Sylvain Legwinski.

Or Matt Richards could be used in central midfield with Jaime Peters going out wide, while Gary Roberts expected to start after recovering from a groin injury.

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Town will be without Dan Harding who is serving the second of a two-match ban but Fabian Wilnis will keep his place in a defence that has not conceded a goal in the two games he has played at right back, with David Wright covering on the left.

Ian Miller is on the bench once more after making his debut last week against Plymouth and if Jason de Vos suffers a reaction to his damaged foot, the signing from non-league Bury Town could make his full debut at Hillsborough on Easter Monday.

Francis Jeffers, whose resurrection from a hamstring has been remarkable, will settle for a start on the bench today but could make a full comeback on Monday.

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