Sheffield Wednesday: Revenge is on the mind of Owls skipper Glenn

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Dutch defender Glenn Loovens says he and his Owls teammates have revenge in mind as they prepare to welcome lowly MK Dons to Hillsborough.

Four months ago, the Dons caused a big surprise, beating top-six aspirants Wednesday 2-1 in the reverse fixture.

It was one of the Owls’ poorest performances of the campaign and club captain Loovens admits they are eager to make amends for that dismal showing.

“It wasn’t one of our best games so maybe we owe them,” he told The Star. “It will be a different game at home. We have been very solid and good at home so hopefully it will be a different outcome.

“It won’t be easy. It is one of their [the Dons] last chances to stay up so we expect a very tough game. They are fighting for their lives.”

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The Dons are currently nine points adrift of safety with four matches remaining. They look destined for an immediate return to League One.

But given Wednesday’s struggles against the sides battling to stay up, Karl Robinson’s troops will fancy their chances of picking up a positive result. Three of the bottom four clubs have beaten the Owls this term.

Loovens said: “They are no easy games in this league. We have learned you have to go into these games 100 per cent focused.”

Wednesday remain in control of their own fate. Despite Saturday’s frustrating draw with Ipswich Town, Carvalhal’s men still have a five-point cushion over seventh-placed Cardiff City in the battle for a play-off spot.

“It’s a good feeling to be fighting for something.” said Loovens. “In the last few years, we’ve not had a lot to play for at this time of year and it’s hard to motivate yourself. But now we have got everything to play for. It keeps you sharp and on your toes.”

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The 32-year-old has expressed his relief over making a speedy return to action against Ipswich Town on Saturday. He only missed one match after suffering an ankle problem versus Blackburn Rovers.

“As a player, you want to play every game and I’m no different,” he said. “But you know how it is in football. Injuries are part of the game.

“I had a little problem with my ankle but it is over now and I played the last game so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Tonight’s duel is likely to come too soon for Sam Hutchinson, who is still recovering from glandular fever.

“Sam is training now,” said Carvalhal. “He is getting better day by day.

“The most important thing is he stays with full energies. When we feel he is 100 per cent, we will see what we do.”

Gary Hooper is set to spearhead their attack, having shrugged off a foot knock, and Everton loanee Aiden McGeady has resumed first-team training following a hamstring problem.

Left-back Joe Bennett may miss the rest of the season after damaging his knee ligaments in training on Sunday.

He posted on Twitter: “Twisted my knee in training yesterday. Had a scan today torn a small part of ligaments at the top of my medial. So glad it’s only weeks... ....out and nothing too serious. So gutted as I wanted to be part of the last few games and help SWFC get promoted.”

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