CHRIS O’Grady is out of Sheffield Wednesday’s match at Bournemouth today.
He is still sidelined after missing the Blackpool Cup-tie with heel bruising. The Owls look certain to start with the Clinton Morrison-Gary Madine strike partnership that figured in last week’s victory against Rochdale. Each played for half of the Blackpool game, as planned.
Wednesday knew about O’Grady’s injury long before they signed him from Rochdale for £350,000 but the problem is minor and did not justify them calling off their bid to beat competition for the 25-year-old striker. Manager Gary Megson after making 10 changes against Blackpool, is expected to revert to the side that beat Rochdale.
New signing Chris Lines is not expected to be thrown straight in to disrupt the successful centre-midfield partrnership of Jose Semedo and David Prutton.
It is also almost certain that loan forward Danny Uchechi will not start, as he is effectively on trial and played for 71 minutes on Thursday. Daniel Jones could be out of contention after going off in the Cup with an ankle problem.
Wednesday produced one their best performances under Megson in drawing 0-0 at Bournemouth last season.
But he said: “Hopefully we have improved since then. I’m confident we’ll have good away performances and hopefully a good away record this season.”
Lines, bought from Bristol Rovers for £50,000, is ready for the challenge of trying to win a place: “I was aware of interest in me from Sheffield Wednesday and couldn’t wait to come here. ”I’m keen to get out on the pitch and show the fans what I can do and help this club get back to where it belongs.
“I know there is a lot of competition, so it will be a good challenge for me here.”