Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership: Sheff Wed v Derby County Last season: 2-5

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THE SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY midfielder Danny Sonner is manager Danny Wilson's only absentee. Sonner is suspended for one match after collecting five bookings, which means Dejan Stefanovic is likely to be recalled.

Derby's Igor Stimac (ankle) could make his comeback after three months out. The Croatian has not played for the first team since 31 October but may replace Stefan Schnoor at the heart of the Rams defence. Russell Hoult is also back and due to make his first start since mid-November after Mart Poom cracked a bone in his finger at Swansea last Saturday. Paulo Wanchope serves the last game of a three-match suspension but his replacement Deon Burton is rated only 50-50 to play after receiving a kick on the ankle at the Vetch Field. If Burton misses out, then Kevin Harper - who scored the winner after coming on for Burton at Swansea - will partner Dean Sturridge up front. Stefano Eranio (hamstring) and Darryl Powell (knee), who both missed the FA Cup trip to South Wales, are also available.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (from): Srnicek, Atherton, Jonks, Newsome, Walker, Carbone, Booth, Hyde, Sanetti, Humphreys, Briscoe, Stefanovic, Hinchcliffe, Emmerson, Rudi, Alexandersson, Morrison, Pressman.

DERBY COUNTY (from): Hoult, Laursen, Dorigo, Carbonari, Stimac, Prior, Carsley, Bohinen, Baiano, Sturridge, Burton, Harper, Schnoor, Powell, Eranio, Elliott, Kozluk, Hunt, Knight.

Suspensions: Wednesday: Sonner. Derby: Wanchope.

Referee: D Elleray.

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