Fitness battles for Owls road warriors

Man with a plan: Ben Marshall set up all three Wednesday goals at Yeovil.'              Picture: steve ellis
Man with a plan: Ben Marshall set up all three Wednesday goals at Yeovil.' Picture: steve ellis
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sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson faces an uncertain week of training with several of his squad battling injury and illness.

Exeter City visit Hillsborough on Saturday with Jermaine Johnson already ruled out serving the second of his three game suspension. Clinton Morrison is also unlikely to figure after Megson allowed him to look for another club with David McGoldrick joining the Owls last week.

Chris Lines missed the victory at Yeovil with illness and he has been joined on the ‘unwell list’ by winger Ben Marshall, who wasn’t able to train yesterday.

Captain Rob Jones, injured in a collision with goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, will see a specialist today to determine the extent of his facial injuries.

Strikers Ryan Lowe and Chris O’Grady continue their rehabilitation with Lowe the more likely to figure against the Grecians if his ankle improves enough to step up his training. The club have also been quick to downplay rumours that O’Grady’s injury is career threatening, saying rest is the cure.

Meanwhile Megson says MK Dons will have to pay up if they’re serious about taking Morrison on loan. He said: “If they (MK Dons) start paying the kind of wages that everyone else pays. Otherwise they’ll have to look somewhere else or come up with a deal that suits everybody not just themselves. That’s their issue. They are talking, they are negotiating, but that’s up to them to get into a position.

“Nobody ever lets us take players on loan where we pay 30 bob a week and the other club pick up 15 grand, that doesn’t happen so we’re in the same boat. I sat down down with Clinton on Friday and told him the position from my point of view and from Sheffield Wednesday’s point of view.

There has to be respect for Clinton; for his age, his experience and what he has done as a player. I would always do what is best for Sheffield Wednesday.”