Predicted Sheffield Wednesday line-up to face Bolton: Clare and Joao return among five changes

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

Sheffield Wednesday are only two points above Bolton Wanderers in the Championship table.

Jos Luhukay, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City at Hillsborough on February 17, 2018 in...

Sheffield Wednesday head into Saturday's game against relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers looking to end a run of four successive league defeats and generate some distance between themselves and the bottom three.

Wednesday may go into the game as slight favourites, but will be wary of the threat posed by Bolton having lost to them twice already this season - while they have yet to beat any of the seven teams below them in the league.

Struggling Owls manager Jos Luhukay at least has better options available than he did against Ipswich last time out - in the shape of Sean Clare and Lucas Joao especially - although whether he opts to use them is anyone's guess, given his unpredictable team selections so far.

Sean Clare of Gillingham in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Gillingham and Northampton Town at Priestfield Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Gillingham, .

Clare sat out Tuesday's defeat entirely, while Joao impressed as a half-time substitute, as Frederico Venancio, Daniel Pudil and Joey Pelupessy remained on the bench.

And their freshness is likely to have Glenn Loovens, George Boyd, David Jones, Jacob Butterfield and Jordan Rhodes concerned for their places.

Sheffield Wednesday are desperate for some positive news on the injury front, with 13 players absent against Ipswich, but may again have to go with what they've got, unless Jack Hunt and Jordan Thorniley return unexpectedly from recent knocks.

Bolton will surely come too soon for Joost van Aken and Sam Hutchinson, who each played around an hour for the Under-23s on Thursday, along with Barry Bannan, who is targeting a return after the international break.

However, George Hirst is unavailable for selection despite his recent return to first team training and U23 football, for contractual reasons.

Here's how the Owls could look against Wanderers...

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