Smith winning race to face Owls

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2009 10:28

The former Leeds and Manchester United midfielder picked up a knock to his ankle in Sunday’s 2-0 derby victory over Middlesbrough, but is expected to be available for the game at Hillsborough.

Striker Shola Ameobi, who suffered a similar injury in the same game, trained on Wednesday and should also travel.

Fellow frontman Andy Carroll is also available for selection after sitting out the derby through suspension, while Marlon Harewood could play for the final time before his loan spell draws to a close.

Joey Barton (foot) remains the only long-term absentee, and he is on schedule to return to action towards the end of next month.

Kick-off 12.45pm.

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