Owls defensive duo vie for Megson call

Waiting game: Mark Reynolds could be in Gary Megson's mind for the Chesterfield derby clash
Waiting game: Mark Reynolds could be in Gary Megson's mind for the Chesterfield derby clash
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GARY Megson faces a selection poser at left-back before the League One encounter with Chesterfield this weekend.

The Sheffield Wednesday manager will have to make one enforced alteration to his starting line-up, with Reda Johnson, the match-winner at Hartlepool United, on international duty with Benin.

It is a blow to Megson having to change his back four, who have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the third tier of English football.

The two candidates vying to fill the void vacated by Johnson are Julian Bennett and Mark Reynolds.

It was Reynolds who was preferred as a substitute at Victoria Park while summer signing Bennett was not even included in the 16-man squad for the trip.

Johnson has impressed at full-back but it is thought Bennett is in pole position to get the nod on

Saturday. The former Nottingham Forest player has not started since the dismal showing at Stevenage.

He came on as a substitute and claimed his first goal for the club in the narrow victory over Yeovil and

was also brought on as a replacement versus Exeter.

Liam Palmer, who came close to extending Wednesday’s lead at Hartlepool late on, is another absentee after being named in the Scotland Under-21s squad for European Championship qualifiers in Luxembourg on October 6 and against Austria at St Mirren Park four days later.

It means his place on the substitutes bench could be given to Jermaine Johnson, with the unpredictable winger available

for selection again after serving a three-match ban for his red card at Stevenage.

But Reynolds remains a viable option and produced a solid performance at early pace-setters Charlton at The Valley.

That was one of the Scot’s four appearances this season, with the other three coming in the Carling Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Wednesday climbed up to fifth after seeing off Pools and are targeting a sixth consecutive league victory on the bounce at Hillsborough.

Megson’s men are seeking a fifth triumph in six outings against the Spireites.

Wednesday have no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match.

But full-back Jon Otsemobor remains on the sidelines with a calf problem.

Striker Ryan Lowe continues to receive treatment for the ankle knock he sustained on his debut at Charlton.