Court rules in favour of Wrexham

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The property developer had planned to sell the club's home of 133 years to clear the Dragons' estimated £4m debt. But Wrexham have regained control of the stadium after Birmingham High Court awarded them control of the registered freehold. Hamilton's only recourse is to the Court of Appeal after Judge Norris QC refused permission for an appeal at a lower court.

A club statement said: "Subject to the outcome of the appeal process our intention is to seek a sale of the club at the earliest opportunity in the hope of ensuring its long-term survival."

The Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Jackie McNamara is expected to miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed he needs an operation on his right knee . The 31-year-old full-back damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in a training ground accident.

The Sheffield Wednesday manager Paul Sturrock has failed in a renewed effort to prise Lee Trundle from Swansea City after having a £750,000 bid, the biggest received in the Swans' history, turned down.

Steve Sidwell may make a return to the starting line-up for second-placed Reading today as they travel to Stoke City. Sidwell has been out since the end of August with a knee injury but was on the bench for the 1-1 draw at Hull earlier this week.

Luton Town will be confident of closing the gap to the Royals should they slip up at the Britannia Stadium, Mike Newell's side are at home to struggling Plymouth Argyle. Their captain Kevin Nicholls (foot) is likely to miss out but Steve Robinson has recovered from ankle problems.

Crystal Palace's England striker Andrew Johnson is doubtful for the visit of Burnley after his knee injury flared up again in the 1-0 midweek loss to Brighton.

Hull City manager Peter Taylor is hoping to welcome back Andy Dawson after a knee injury, while Stuart Elliott and Nick Barmby are pushing for recalls for the visit of Derby County.

The Derby manager Phil Brown's options are set to be boosted with the return of three players from injury - Andrew Davies (knee), Marc Edworthy (rib) and Paul Thirlwell (Achilles).

Bottom club Millwall take on Southampton at the New Den looking for their first home win of the season, Ipswich Town face Watford at Portman Road and Crewe travel to Cardiff City.

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