ROB Jones’ readiness to play against old club Scunthorpe today with a broken nose will be welcomed by Gary Megson.
The Owls manager was not putting his skipper under any pressure in view of the seriousness of the injury that he suffered at Bury.
But now that the centre half has expressed a willingness to re-enter the fray, it could be an aid towards eliminating the sort of flawed defending that was seen in the first seven minutes at Blackburn.
If Jones plays today then he will almost certainly come in for Reda Johnson, who replaced him in going on as a sub at Bury and was in the starting line-ups last Saturday against Notts County and at Ewood Park.
Megson was content to leave the final decision on a comeback to Jones, saying: “That has to be down to Rob. He would be playing with a broken nose. Whether he is comfortable to start playing straight away or whether it takes a bit longer - that has to be down to the individual.”
But Jones says the question is whether or not the manager puts him in the team. “If I can make my comeback for this game, it will be fantastic,” he said.
“The recovery has gone well and I feel it is now playable.”
Megson said at Bury that the nose was not just broken - it was shattered after an elbow off the ball.
It will not be fully healed yet but Jones seems prepared to take the risk of suffering another bang on it.
He was signed from newly-relegated Scunthorpe in the summer after his successful loan spell at Hillsborough last season.
The Owls landed him on a free though his contract had not run out.
He was a Scunthorpe record signing when he was bought from Hibernian for £350,000 two years ago.
The Iron have won only one of six games this season - 2-0 at Accrington in the Carling Cup.
Jones still expects his old club to be hard to beat but is confident that the Owls can maintain their 100 per cent home record.
Megson hopes that Wednesday will gain an advantage from Scunthorpe having had to play Newcastle in the Carling Cup on Thursday: “It might be a bit easier for them than it was for us after we played Blackpool on a Thursday then had to go to Bournemouth, because they don’t have such a long journey.”
Iron boss Alan Knill said: “We won’t know whether it’s been a disadvantage until we’re out on the pitch.”