SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls sweating on Sidibe fitness

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are sweating on the fitness of Mamady Sidibe ahead of their crunch showdown with Bristol City.

The striker, on a one-month loan deal from Stoke City, was substituted just after the half-hour mark in their 1-0 defeat at Championship leaders Cardiff City on Sunday.

The 32-year-old, who has yet to get off the mark in three appearances since moving to Hillsborough on a temporary basis, picked up a hamstring problem and is an injury concern for the clash with the third-from-bottom Robins.

The Star understands Sidibe was assessed and received treatment yesterday from the Owls medical staff.

Under-pressure Wednesday chief Dave Jones will be hoping Sidibe shakes off the knock quickly, with fellow forward Jay Bothroyd facing two to three weeks on the sidelines after damaging his ankle.

“Jay is in a (immobilisation) boot,” he said.

“He’s got a grade two tear in the ankle, which he picked up in the game the other day (Watford).”

Fans’ favourite Jose Semedo is unlikely to return to first-team action until the end of December.

Jones said: “Semedo got a seven-inch gash in training on Saturday under ther knee.

“He slid in on somebody and the studs caught him. They (medical staff) kept him in and put him on a course of antibiotics so he doesn’t get an infection in it.”

Buoyed by their improved showing at the Cardiff City Stadium, Wednesday face successive matches against fellow relegation candidates Bristol City and Barnsley.

“We have to look forward and we have some massive games coming up, starting with Bristol City,” said Jones.