Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson is hoping captain Rob Jones is fit to return for the League One clash at Tranmere Rovers.
Jones was a notable absentee from the team which beat Morecambe in the first round of the FA Cup on Sunday. The centre-back missed out after hurting his nose again and is a doubt for the trip to Prenton Park.
Megson said: “Rob has been having problems with his hooter all season. I think he has broken it 12 times (in total). He’s had his operation and hopefully he will be back fit and well for the weekend.”
If Jones is unavailable, Megson is likely to keep faith with Danny Batth and Reda Johnson at the heart of the defence. However, should Jones play, the Owls may reshuffle their pack and pair him with Batth, switching Johnson to left-back. That scenario would see Julian Bennett drop to the bench.
Megson made five alterations at the Globe Arena. Some of the changes were enforced, with loanees Ben Marshall and Stephen Bywater barred from playing by parent clubs Stoke City and Derby County.
Marshall is expected to be recalled at Tranmere at the expense of Jamaican international Jermaine Johnson while the experienced Bywater is in the frame to take over from Richard O’Donnell in between the sticks.
Chris Lines, who scored Wednesday’s opener versus Morecambe before being harshly penalised for handball for the hosts’ goal, insists the club are focused on performing well on all fronts this term.
“It’s going well but we don’t want to get too carried away,” he said.
“The FA Cup is a great competition and we want to see how well we can do.”