McGovern bids for repeat performance

Flashback: Jon-Paul McGovern celebrates the Owls' 2005 Play-off final victory with Glen Whelan.  Pictures: Steve ellis
Flashback: Jon-Paul McGovern celebrates the Owls' 2005 Play-off final victory with Glen Whelan. Pictures: Steve ellis
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FORMER Owls star Jon Paul McGovern is bidding to haunt his old club once again tonight - but there will be no chance for Frankie Simek to shine.

McGovern joined Simek and Carlisle’s ex-Wednesday contingent in a summer move from Swindon, for whom the winger played a vital role in a 2-1 win against the Owls in December.

Jon-Paul McGovern grabs Swindon's winner against Wednesday last December .  Pictures: Steve ellis

Jon-Paul McGovern grabs Swindon's winner against Wednesday last December . Pictures: Steve ellis

But Simek is sidelined by injury and misses out on a fourth appearance against his old club in 13 months.

The full back suffered a thigh injury in the first game of this season, a 3-0 home defeat against Notts County; he returned to full training last week but picked a minor calf-muscle tear. It is expected to be another two weeks before he can rejoin full training.

Manager Greg Abbott said: “Frank has been really unlucky and I’m sure he’ll be really frustrated.

“However, the important thing for us is that we get him back to full fitness as quickly as possible.

“He’ll be looked after on a day-to-day basis to make sure he comes back ready to go.”

McGovern is a regular in the side and has scored three goals, one of them in a 3-0 win at Yeovil, 10 days ago.

The 31-year-old was a team-mate of David Prutton at Swindon but both were allowed to leave on frees after the club’s relegation.

Wednesday sent the Robins down with a 3-1 Hillsborough win in April, when McGovern was an unused sub.

But in the home game against the Owls in December, he made one goal and scored the winner as Swindon won 2-1 in the only League One game to survive the weather that day.

McGovern and Simek are not the only ones on opposite sides to their old club tonight.

Former Owls loan midfielder Graham Kavanagh is officially Carlisle’s player-coach but is 37 and has made only one appearance in the last 14 months.

Wednesday’s on-loan winger from Stoke, Ben Marshall, made 62 appearances for Carlisle in two loan spells, covering the last three months of the 2009-10 season, and almost the whole of 2010-11.

He lobbed the third goal against Wednesday in their 3-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Brunton Park last November.

It was a broken leg suffered while playing for the Cumbrians in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final in April - a 1-0 win for them - that set back his career and led to Stoke boss Tony Pulis, an old friend’s of Gary Megson’s, allowing him to go to Hillsborough on loan to rebuild his match fitness.

Gary Madine and Marshall both played in that Trophy match against the Owls, and in Carlisle’s earlier 1-0 League win at Hillsborough.

Madine went back to Carlisle with Wednesday in February, when a Tommy Miller goal gave the Owls a 1-0 win.

Carlisle left back Matty Robson is suspended tonight after being sent off just before half time on Saturday when his team were already losing 3-0 at Charlton.

A 4-0 thumping away to the League One leaders left the Cumbrians in 11th place, eight points behind the Owls, and ended an unbeaten run of four matches.