Sheffield Wednesday: Owls in Macheda sights again

Federico Macheda celebrates his Hillsborough winner
Federico Macheda celebrates his Hillsborough winner
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Federico Macheda is challenging for a return to the Birmimgham side tomorrow at a ground that has given him a happy memory.

The Italian striker headed the winner for Doncaster in their 1-0 victory at Hillsborough in September.

Now on loan with Blues, he netted twice in their 3-3 home draw with Burnley on Wednesday after going on as a 60th minute sub. The 25-year-old equalised after his team had been 1-0 down, and he snatched a point in injury time.

He now has five goals for Birmingham from five starts and three outings as a sub.

Manager Lee Clark signed him from Manchester United in January, on loan for the rest of the season.

His headline-grabbing Hillsborough goal came a week after he notched both goals in a 2-2 draw with Forest and it was doubly galling for the Owls, who had lost out to Doncaster in attempting to sign him.

But those were his only goals for Rovers. He returned to Old Trafford in October after a hamstring injury, went back to the Keepmoat Stadium until New Year’s Day, and on January 31 joined Blues. Macheda’s chances of a start tomorrow could depend on Clark’s tactics: he is known for frequent changes in personnel and systems.

The striker was sent on against Burnley in a switch to 4-4-2 from 4-1-2-3.

Birmingham are 19th in the table, two points and two places behind Wednesday.

They have won only two of their last 11 league and cup games, 2-1 at Blackpool and 2-0 at Charlton.

But Clark says that the late equaliser against Burnley, a “quality team”, was deserved and has provided a huge boost.