Football - Defender banned for Owls visit

Joel Ekstrand is suspended for Watford's home clash against Sheffield Wednesday as Gianfranco Zola's side chase a first win in nine matches.

PA Sport Report

The defender picked up his fifth booking of the season in last weekend's 3-3 draw at Leeds and duly serves a one-match ban.

Midfielder Almen Abdi is not yet ready as he steps up his rehabilitation from a long-term foot injury while it is hoped goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is okay to feature after illness.

Lloyd Doyley (hamstring), Essaid Belkalem (ankle) and Tommie Hoban (ankle) remain on the sidelines.

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