Owls given Cup chance

Ruled out: Chris O'Grady misses the Blackpool match.  Picture: Barry Richardson
Ruled out: Chris O'Grady misses the Blackpool match. Picture: Barry Richardson
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THERE will be Wednesday players playing for their futures when they face Blackpool tonight.

Several members of the likely line-up are not in Gary Megson’s first-choice 11 and some could have been earmarked for Hillsborough exits.

They also know that Megson wants to sign another striker and wide man before the August 31 deadline and Chris O’Grady will be in contention soon though he misses the televised Carling Cup opener.

But Megson insists that his mind is not made up about the eventual composition of the squad.

Promising further signings, he says: “Whether they will get done by the weekend, I’m not so sure, but there will be deals between now and the closure of the transfer window.

“There might be deals out. If I can utilise finance to bring somebody else in, I will do.

“But this game is an opportunity for players who might have been a bit miffed that they didn’t play last Saturday to show what they can do on a national stage.

“Nothing is ever set in stone. We have players still here who, I decided at the beginning of May, would be allowed to move on if an opportunity came.

“But sometimes players respond differently to different things you ask and become different players. All I’m looking for is committed, honest, good players working hard.

“For the first game the team was named and there will be people who won’t have been happy. This is a chance for them to show what they can do.”

Fit-again Giles Coke is set to play; and there could be starts for men such as Jon Otsemobor, Reda Johnson, Mark Beevers, Mark Reynolds and Daniel Jones.

O’Grady is not 100 per cent after bruising a heel while with Rochdale, though he had a brief outing as a sub against the Owls last Saturday.

Megson said: “We’d been trying to get him since May 8. We had to accept he’d got this knock or not do it. It was a no brainer.”

O’Grady said: “Rochdale tried to rush me back because it was important to them to get me fit for the weekend. It didn’t quite work out that way.

“They [Wednesday] want to make sure I’m right before I start playing.” He said he was “not too sure” whether he will be ready for Saturday’s match at Bournemouth.