Football: Weekend guide to the Premiership - Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough Last season:No fixture

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY'S Des Walker will undergo an eleventh-hour fitness test on an ankle injury. The central defender is manager Danny Wilson's major fitness doubt. Midfielder Danny Sonner and striker Andy Booth are carrying knocks although both will play. Pavel Srnicek serves the last of a three-match ban after his sending-off in the home defeat by Derby last month. Wednesday's 4-1 win away at Blackburn last week lifted them closer to security, and Wilson will have been especially pleased by the performance of Norwegian Petter Rudi, who scored twice and will be looking to add that brace today.

Middlesbrough's Curtis Fleming will be out for the rest of the season, having had surgery on a troublesome knee cartilage injury. Gianluca Festa will also be missing at Hillsborough with a hamstring problem. Manager Bryan Robson will be able to include Colombian Hamilton Ricard, who has recovered from an ankle injury. Boro have won two of their three visits to Hillsborough since the Premiership started but are currently without a win in their last nine League matches.

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (from) Pressman, Atherton, Jonk, Newsome, Walker, Carbone, Booth, Sanetti, Cobian, Humphreys, Briscoe, Stefanovic, Oakes, Hinchcliffe, Emerson, Rudi, Alexandersson, Sonner, Clarke.

MIDDLESBROUGH (from): Schwarzer, Beresford, Stockdale, Cooper, Vickers, Pallister, Gordon, Mustoe, Gascoigne, Townsend, Beck, Ricard, Summerbell, Maddison, Campbell, Moore, Harrison.

Suspensions: Wednesday: Srnicek.

Referee: M Riley.

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