WITH Mark Beevers requiring surgery on a broken cheekbone and so set to be sidelined, Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson moved immediately to bring in a replacement defender when signing Danny Batth from Wolves last night.
Beevers suffered the break, with possibly more than one fracture, in a clash of heads early on in Tuesday’s game with Peterborough.
He is booked in for an operation on Monday and Megson said they would have a better idea of the full extent of the injury then.
It means the 21-year-old could be forced to miss the rest of the season, which has only seven weeks left, and Megson has plugged that particular gap by bringing in the 20-year-old Batth on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
It is his second loan spell in the city this season having been with Sheffield United for a month in December. He made just one appearance when going on as a substitute in a home win against Swansea.
The club’s Young Player of the Year last season, Batth has come through the Academy at Molineux. He has previous League One experience at Colchester.
Meanwhile, striker Paul Heffernan is challenging for his first start under Megson as the Owls head towards Saturday’s test at Southampton (5.20pm ko).
The striker was one of the players who escaped the Owls boss’s critical blast after the 4-1 defeat to Peterborough.
He hit his third goal for the club, pulling it back to 3-1 after going on as a substitute at half time.
Midfield player Isaiah Osbourne, on loan from Villa, and recalled defender Mark Reynolds, were also praised by Megson for their contributions in a generally bleak encounter against the promotion chasers.
Heffernan has started only one League game all season and his only appearances under Megson have been from the bench, against MK Dons, Tranmere, and now Peterborough.
Former Blades and Barnsley midfielder Brian Howard is being lined up for a loan move to Southampton from Reading and so could figure against the Owls.
Former Sheffield United commercial manager Andy Daykin is understood to be joining Wednesday’s administrative team.