Owls stars in bid for comebacks

On the mend: Julian Bennett missed the Charlton match and it gave Mark Reynolds a chance to stake his claim for a place
On the mend: Julian Bennett missed the Charlton match and it gave Mark Reynolds a chance to stake his claim for a place
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GARY Megson is hoping for an easing of the Owls’ injury problems as he plans for the Hillsborough clash with leaders MK Dons on Saturday.

The Owls manager is always reluctant to moan about any depletion in his resources but has been unable to resist pointing out how some of the changes of the last two games have been unavoidable.

The total of unavailable players rose to nine when Ryan Lowe limped off at Charlton with ankle damage.

The eight already ruled out for Monday by injuries or international calls had been Nicky Weaver (knee), Julian Bennett (hamstring), Chris O’Grady (foot), Liam Palmer (Scotland Under 21s), Reda Johnson (Benin), Jon Otsemebor (calf), Daniel Jones (ankle) and Jermaine Johnson (knee).

Megson has said he believes that Bennett has a chance of being fit for Saturday - the left back certainly does not appear to have the sort of longer-term problems that have hit some other players.

The Owls manager said he was disappointed that Bennett could not play at The Valley but no chances could be taken with his hamstring problem.

It gave Mark Reynolds a chance to stake a claim for a place.

Megson will no doubt bear in mind how O’Grady made his foot injury worse by coming back too soon.

Weaver has had trouble with his knee in the past, so it is news for concern when his prognosis is described by Megson as “not good.”

But the club have a capable No 2, Richard O’Donnell. Palmer should be back in the squad after playing as a sub for Scotland U-21s against Bulgaria on Monday.

Reda Johnson was on duty for Benin in a 1-1 away draw against Burundi in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday. Benin also played Rwanda last night so Johnson may not be involved on Saturday.

The extent of Lowe’s injury has yet to be revealed. O’Grady, Otsemobor, Daniel Jones and Jermaine Johnson have all been at varying stages of recovery from significant injuries.