Blues will return from the international break with the hope of seeing Wayne Rooney pick up his first victory since being appointed.

Up next is Sheffield Wednesday, who currently sit at the foot of the championship table, having picked up just one victory all season.

It’s been five games now with Rooney in charge and given the opposition this week has picked up just one point on the road this season, it is a game where a win will certainly be the target for Rooney and his staff.

Wednesday are also onto their second manager of the season. Rooney’s counterpart, Danny Rohl, has lost four of his opening five matches and has already seen the pressure build despite being so early into his tenure.

Going into Saturday, Blues have the added hope of a returning George Hall from injury, with him having missed almost three months of action, since his last involvement at Cardiff in August.

He recently played 60 minutes for the U21 side on Monday which will give hope for his return to the first team in the coming weeks.

Following Rooney’s appointment, Blues have drawn once and lost four. With the next two home games coming up against the current 24th and 22nd, there is a real opportunity for Rooney to get some (much-needed) points on the board.

Before the break, the long trip to Sunderland did provide some optimism for Blues fans with plenty of attacking chances created which followed the opening goal from the hosts.

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Ultimately this was not enough to take any points from the game but against a weaker side on paper, Saturday’s game could see those chances converted into goals.

Sheffield Wednesday will likely come to St Andrew’s playing a 3-4-3 formation, as they have done for the majority of this season already.

With that midfield overload, their key man Barry Bannan will in theory have more time on the ball to pick out key passes to the front men and this is something that Blues must be mindful of.

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