Date: 16th January 2008 at 10:32am
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Wednesday’s much-anticipated clash with rivals Sheffield United has been thrown in to doubt this week following the heavy rain thats fallen on the Hillsborough pitch.

The Owls’ FA Cup 3rd Round replay with Derby County had to be postponed on Tuesday night following the bad weather, and the Steel City clash could well follow suit with poor weather scheduled for the rest of the week.

The Hillsborough pitch suffered a huge set-back in pre-season with the summer floods, and the Owls’ clash with Coventry City earlier the season had to be abandoned prematurely because of the waterlogged pitch.

And the signs aren’t good for the first Sheffield derby match of the season this Saturday, which is to be shown live on Sky Sports, with Owls’ boss Brian Laws revealing the state of the pitch for the midweek clash with Derby was worse than it was for the Sky Blues match.

‘There is no doubt the pitch was unplayable, every hole was full of water. It’s worse than it was for the Coventry game,’ he told the Sheffield Star.

The Owls’ groundsmen will be working non-stop to make sure the match gets the green light, but a decision could well be made as early as Friday should the rain around South Yorkshire continue to fall.