Birmingham City's ex-Sheffield Wednesday pair ruled out of Friday's fixture at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Sheffield Wednesday can extend their lead over seventh place with a win against Birmingham City this weekend.

Birmingham City boss Gianfranco Zola has confirmed the absence of Michael Morrison and Jacques Maghoma for Friday's trip to former club, Sheffield Wednesday.

Blues are also without Morrison's central defensive partner Ryan Shotton at Hillsborough.

All three players featured in September's reverse fixture at St Andrew's, with Maghoma providing the assist for Lukas Jutkiewicz's late winner against the Owls.

Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham CityJacques Maghoma of Birmingham City

But Zola told the Birmingham Mail on Wednesday: “There are no new injuries, we had the same injuries that we had before so Michael Morrison just had an operation yesterday.

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“The operation went well, he will need some time to recover.

“I think Ryan Shotton is not going to be available.

“Jacques Maghoma came back with a little problem on his knee. I don’t think he is going to be out long, I think it is going to be one week-ten days.”

Michael Morrison (R) and Lawrie Wilson of Charlton Athletic celebrate at the end of the matchEx-Charlton defender Michael Morrison (right) celebrates a win against the Owls

Neither Morrison nor Maghoma are fondly remembered by the Hillsborough faithful, with the former part of a Wednesday side which finished 15th in League One six years ago and going on to help Charlton to the title at the Owls' expense the following campaign.

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Maghoma struggled for consistency during his two seasons in Sheffield 6, but has gone on to become an important player for Birmingham following his release in 2015.

Meanwhile, Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal has told BBC Radio Sheffield that key duo Tom Lees and Gary Hooper -who has scored three goals in his last two games against the Blues - are both doubtful for Zola's side's visit.

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