Owls in late-night swoop for pair

SHEFFIELD Wednesday last night made two late signings to boost their squad for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Ipswich Town at Hillsborough (kick-off 3pm).

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday last night made two late signings to boost their squad for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Ipswich Town at Hillsborough (kick-off 3pm).

Owls manager Brian Laws brought in experienced midfielder Graham Kavanagh and striker Enoch Showunmi and they are set to play against the Blues.

Both are on a season-long loan with Kavanagh arriving from Sunderland and Showunmi from Bristol City.


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Kavanagh enjoyed a successful loan spell at Hillsborough earlier in season and was a big success. Showunmi has been brought in to ease the striker crisis at Wednesday with Francis Jeffers and Akpo Sodje both injured.

The Owls will be without midfielder Glenn Whelan who was sold to Stoke for £500,000 late last night.

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Ipswich will be out to end their 18-match run without an away win with debut-making Stephen Bywater up against a Wednesday keeper who was his understudy last season at Derby.

Lee Grant joined the Yorkshire club to play first-team football on a free transfer from Pride Park last summer.

Another of Town's transfer window signings Alan Quinn is sure to get a hot reception having left Wednesday for rivals Sheffield United. He's the only player to score for both clubs in Sheffield derbies.

Town will be up against a Wednesday side that needs points to move away from the relegation zone.

The Owls shortage of strikers means Leon Clarke has delayed a cartilage operation with either Marcus Tudgay or Deon Burton set to partner Showunmi up front.

Sodje, who had scored seven goals in his last ten league appearances, is out for several weeks with ankle problems, while former Town loanee Jeffers is also out with ankle trouble.

Laws said: “It's taken a big haul to get out of the hole created when we were hammered at Portman Road in the opening game of the season.

“Ipswich are a good side; they'll be a good side tomorrow; they don't have an A plan at home and a B plan away; they'll still try to get it down and play and create.

“I don't know if their away record is a psychological thing; if it is, I hope it's still like that at five o'clock tomorrow.”

Liam Trotter is available again after suspension, but will not feature in tomorrow's Town squad.

Tomorrow's squads

Sheffield Wednesday: Grant, Bullen, Beevers, Hinds, Spurr, Johnson, Kavanagh, Wallwork, Small, Tudgay, Wood, O'Brien, Burton, Gilbert, Boden Showumni.

Ipswich Town: Bywater, Wright, Bruce, De Vos, Harding, Norris, Garvan, Sumulikoski, Quinn, Walters, Counago, Coglan, Naylor, Haynes, Lee, Legwinski, Miller, Wilnis, Roberts, Williams, Rhodes.

Referee: Mr C Webster, Tyne and Wear

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