GARY Megson is calling on Jermaine Johnson to regain the form and fitness he showed in the summer as he rejoins the Hillsborough fold.
The winger is back in the squad for Saturday’s derby against Chesterfield at Hillsborough after serving a three-match ban.
Boss Megson is not likely to find room for him in the side straight away with the team on a winning three-match streak.
If Johnson is involved on Saturday then it is more likely to be as a sub who can come on and effect the final stages with his pace.
Injury and then suspension overshadowed the impact that the Jamaica international had made in pre-season games: he suffered knee damage in the final warm-up game against Stoke. After a brief comeback he has had another lay-off because of his suspension.
“He’s got to work hard to get his fitness back,” said Megson.
“The team at the moment are playing like a team, when we have the ball and when we don’t.
“JJ has to get on board with how he was in pre-season and then he’ll be a big asset.”
Johnson made his comeback against MK Dons last month but was replaced by Liam Palmer at half time.
He was on the bench for the subsequent game at Stevenage and after being sent on was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident near the end of a 5-1 defeat. Megson has praised Johnson’s attacking attributes in the past and tried to impress upon him his reponsibilities when the opposition have possession.
The winger was the team’s most potent threat in pre-season games and may yet have a key role to play in the promotion challenge.
Chesterfield midfielder Lee Johnson misses the game because of suspension - the Spireities have confirmed a three-match FA ban after his sending-off for serious foul play at Notts County on Tuesday.
He also sits out home games against Notts County and Hartlepool.
The Hillsborough game has now been designated all-ticket for Chesterfield fans. Tickets are on sale at the club’s ticket office until 5pm tomorrow.