Five loan men miss Owls’ Cup tie

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BEN Marshall and Stephen Bywater must sit out Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup second-round tie against Aldershot, the Owls have confirmed.

There were only slim hopes of the duo being able to play on Saturday after they were ruled out of the first round a fortnight ago by their clubs.

It is understood that Derby pondered hard before barring Bywater from the match at Morecambe.

But a change of mind by the Rams or Marshall’s club, Stoke, ahead of this Saturday’s game would have been unexpected.

It means the Owls are without five of their six loan players: Marshall, Bywater, Danny Batth, who is suspended; Sanchez Watt, who has been ruled out by his club, Arsenal; and Miguel Llera, who is Cup-tied after playing for Brentford in the competition.

James Tavernier is the odd man out, having been given permission by Newcastle to follow up his debut against Leyton Orient by playing in the Cup.

It is a big contrast to last week when Gary Megson had all six loan men available but had to leave out one - he chose Watt - in accordance with Football League rules.

The absence of Bywater this Saturday is likely to mean another recall for Richard O’Donnell, who stood in capably for him in the 2-1 win at Morecambe and has replaced Nicky Weaver in the past.

Bywater now has only two games left as his three-month loan nears its end: at Oldham a week on Saturday and at home to Huddersfield on December 17, but Megson has said he wants to bring the keeper back in January and extend the stays of Marshall and Batth.