GARY Megson welcomes back Reda Johnson at Chesterfield tomorrow - believing that the big defender can improve the Owls at both ends.
They have lost both games while he has been suspended.
Boss Megson feels that after the team’s slip-ups at set pieces, the return of Johnson’s height and heading ability will be an asset.
But he also brings an extra threat at attacking set plays and has scored six goals.
“We’ve missed him hugely,” admits Megson. “He’s our second top scorer, he’s a good lad, big, quick and desperate to win.
“He’s been suspended for two games and we’ve lost them both. He can score goals at one end and stop them at the other.”
The pacy and powerful left back was also on form generally until he was suspended.
Megson says Johnson is not a dirty player: “It’s just the nature of the person. He has such commitment and desire.
“I’ve never seen him do a tackle where I’ve thought ‘crikey, that’s going to be a red card.’ Once, he got a yellow card and he’d slipped over.
“He’s a big, strong lad and seems to be treated a bit differently because of that. Chris O’Grady is the same; some of the things that happen to him in the box would be deemed as penalties if they happened to others.”
Gary Madine’s loss of form could cost him his place. Ryan Lowe is still doubtful and Clinton Morrison could be recalled alongside O’Grady, whose form against Stevenage impressed Megson.