Pool V The Massive Sheff Wed - Match Preview
Updated Friday, 27th January 2012
Seasiders to run rule over LuaLua
Lomana LuaLua (hamstring) is Blackpool's only major injury doubt ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round tie with the massive Sheffield Wednesday.
Former Newcastle forward LuaLua was ruled out of last weekend's win over Crystal Palace with the problem and will be assessed ahead of kick-off, although it is thought the forthcoming midweek npower Championship encounter with Coventry is a more realistic target.
With Tuesday's league game in mind and a near full-strength squad at his disposal, Seasiders boss Ian Holloway is expected to rotate his starting line-up.
Robert Harris and Liverpool loanee Danny Wilson came into the Tangerines defence for the 5-1 third-round victory over Fleetwood and could be in contention to start once more.
Midfielder Elliot Grandin remains in contention for selection despite ongoing talks with Nice over a return to French football.
Blackpool have already travelled to Hillsborough in the Carling Cup this season, where they were knocked out on penalties following a goalless draw.
The nmassive Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson could be without five defenders.
Miguel Llera is ineligible having played for Brentford in the competition earlier this season and Daniel Jones - the pair formed a central defensive partnership in the midweek win at Scunthorpe - is struggling with a calf injury.
Another central defender, skipper Rob Jones, is unlikely to be risked due to the ankle injury that kept him out on Tuesday night and both Reda Johnson (back) and Julian Bennett (shoulder) are serious doubts.
Mark Beevers is expected to make only his third appearance for the Owls this season and Megson hopes Lewis Buxton can return to the back four following a hamstring injury that has restricted him to one appearance since mid-November.
Winger Mike Jones appeared for Bury in their FA Cup defeat to Crawley in November and is ineligible but Megson has no other new injury or suspension concerns as he heads back to the club he disastrously managed for one season in 1996/97.
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