Double blow for clash with Owls

Date published: Friday 4th December 2009 9:37

Long begins a three-match ban after he was sent off at Derby last weekend while Howard is starting a six-week lay-off after breaking his jaw in the 2-1 defeat at Pride Park.

Kalifa Cisse, Brynjar Gunnarsson and Jem Karacan are all in the running to replace the stricken Howard in midfield.

Gylfi Sigurdsson signed a new contract this week and after scoring in the last two games will keep his place.

Noel Hunt remains out for the foreseeable future with a knee problem but left-back Chris Armstrong is close to a return to fitness after a knee injury of his own.

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