Potter in frame for Sheffield Wednesday return after Coke’s mad moment

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DARREN Potter is in contention for a recall to the Owls side at Birmingham tomorrow as Giles Coke begins a three-match ban.

Gary Megson has explained that Potter was ruled out of the 18 for the midweek match at Tranmere because of illness but is now fit.

Another midfield player, Tommy Miller, is back in training but after a long lay-off with a hamstring injury will not be plunged straight into the squad.

The Owls will still be without illness victim Jermaine Johnson, and Lewis Buxton is sidelined with the hamstring strain that kept him out on Tuesday. He is having a scan.

Coke was played mostly on the left wing at Tranmere.

If Potter is to be considered, it will be for central spot rather than out wide.

Both Daniel Jones and Chris Sedgwick are capable of doing a job on the flank.

Gary Teale could well keep his place, for Megson was pleased with much of his work at Tranmere, on the right wing.

The Owls manager has however changed his opinion about the tackle that result in a red card for Coke.

TV footage showed that Coke jumped in with both feet off the ground and the refereee was right to send him off, even though the opponent escaped serious injury.

Megson said: “It was a daft tackle. I said on Tuesday that maybe it was a bit harsh. Having seen it again on television, it wasn’t harsh at all.”

He felt that Teale made an impact in getting behind the Tranmere defence in the first half - “but we didn’t get enough men in the box” - and that it was the winger’s best game under him so far.

Megson added: “James O’Connor and Isaiah Osbourne were playing against three in midfield but it didn’t look like that.

“For an hour the back four looked solid; we won all the headers and second balls.

“Then there were a few minutes of madness and we reverted to all the stuff that had been happening previously.”

Megson has seen enough in parts of games to believe that the team are capable of being both tighter and more creative than has often been the case in recent weeks.

But he is also still in the loan market, with a defender a priority. An unsuccessful attempt to sign Jack Hobbs from Leicester was far from being the only inquiry.

“We’re trying hard to bring in loan players,” he confirmed. But with the main window now shut, he added: “It’s like it’s the jungle and all the vultures have got to the carcass already and there’s no meat left on it for us.

“Chris Evans [assistant manager] has contacted every agent in the country. We’ve rung a lot of chairmen and managers. People don’t want to lose decent players.

“Premiership clubs on average have 14 players out on loan, so there aren’t that many to go for.

“We’ve got what we’ve got. Every single one of them has to start to play a bit better.”