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Former Owls target Will Vaulks in line to face Wednesday at Hillsborough

Former Sheffield Wednesday target Will Vaulks is likely to feature against the Owls on Monday as his Cardiff City side travel to Hillsborough looking to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Owls host Cardiff in a key encounter which affects both ends of the table.

Wednesday’s defeat Watford means they are seven points behind Coventry City and safety, while Cardiff are in the hunt for a playoff spot under manager Mick McCarthy.

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A draw isn’t really good enough for either sides, so it should be an open game and one player who may have extra motivation to make the difference is Will Vaulks.

The Wales international joined Cardiff from Wednesday’s Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United in 2019 for a reported £3.5 million fee, with the Owls missing out on his signature.

Then Wednesday boss Steve Bruce was looking to strengthen his side’s options after Josh Onomah returned to Tottenham Hotspur while David Jones was released.

Bruce, however, didn’t last much longer at the Owls as he left to join Newcastle United, and Garry Monk was hired as his successor following his departure from Birmingham City.

Vaulks, meanwhile, has rediscovered his top form for Cardiff in recent months.

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The appointment of Mick McCarthy has triggered an improvement from the Bluebirds, and Vaulks in particular has been a regular standout for Cardiff over the past two months.

The 27-year-old has two goals and two assists in his last ten league games, with Cardiff taking an impressive 18 points in that time including a victory at rivals Swansea City.

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