Which players will miss Wolves v Sheffield Wednesday?

Gary Hooper celebrates after scoring the second goal for Sheffield Wednesday

Two Championship heavyweights go head-to-head at Molineux on Saturday.

Wolves' Danny BatthWolves' Danny Batth misses out through suspension

Wolves are set for their biggest crowd in 18 months as they welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Molineux on Saturday, with new boss Paul Lambert still looking for his first win since taking charge.

Discounted tickets and a big away following should see over 27,000 people in attendance in the West Midlands, with the hosts desperate to put on a show in front of the sizable audience.

Wolves are without a win in eight Championship games, a run that has seen them slip dangerously close to the bottom three. They are just two points above the drop zone going into the weekend, which was not what their new owners had in mind when they took over in the summer.

Lambert will have to do without his skipper Danny Batth this weekend. The defender is serving a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season at Preston last weekend, but there are no fresh injury concerns for the Wolves boss to deal with.

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Visitors Sheffield Wednesday were moments away from claiming an impressive win at Fulham last time out before being denied by a late equaliser, and received a further blow in the week with the news that striker Gary Hooper faces a spell on the sidelines.

The former Norwich and Celtic frontman sustained a hamstring injury in the draw at Craven Cottage, with Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal confirming to the club website that Hooper will not be available for selection for the foreseeable future.

Gary Hooper celebrates after scoring the second goal for Sheffield WednesdayGary Hooper faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines

“Gary will be out for some time because of his injury. He played very well the last games, he is doing well but this is football and he is not able to play," he said.

"We have more players to play in attack, we like to be with all our players and have more options of course, but we have other players also," he added.

One of those players is Lucas Joao, who has timed his return from injury well in light of Hooper's absence. The Portuguese frontman should be in contention for a place in the Owls squad this weekend having not featured since August.

The visitors also have doubts over Daniel Pudil, Almen Abdi and Steven Fletcher, who - if fit - will be desperate to make an impact against one of his former clubs.

How big a blow is Batth's suspension? Can Wednesday cope without Hooper? Leave your thoughts below.

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