Sheffield Wednesday: Buxton close to comeback

Lewis Buxton celebrates Jeremy Helan's goal against Millwall
Lewis Buxton celebrates Jeremy Helan's goal against Millwall
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Wednesday will decide over the next 24 hours whether Lewis Buxton is fit enough to rejoin the squad for Saturday’s game against Yeovil.

Dave Jones believes that Buxton can make it and that he and fellow right back Jordan Spence can provide cover at centre half while he seeks a new defender, with Anthony Gardner injured and Martin Taylor gone on loan.

Jones told The Star: “Lewis trained on Tuesday; and we’ll see how he is when we come back in (today) and hopefully he’ll be fit for Saturday.

“Martin went because he needed to play games. He was stuck on our bench. He wanted to play. I’m trying to bring another centre half in, and he’d be further down the pecking order.

“I’m covered in the short term, with Lewis coming back, and with Jordan - they can both play centre half.”

Buxton’s quick recovery is arguably a surprise after Jones plunged into the loan market to sign Spence as soon as last season’s Player of the Year pulled out on the day before the last game, at Middlesbrough.

Fans will have feared another significant lay-off for Buxton, who had hamstring trouble last season and, a week before the Middlesbrough match, went off at half time of the home game against Millwall.

If he is fit then he and Spence will compete for the right back spot on Saturday, with Miguel Llera starting at centre half, instead of Gardner, alongside Kamil Zayatte.

Jones will have further talks with Milan Mandaric about signings - “I’ll see what the chairman says” - and confirmed that he wants four players but is trying to offoad more players as well, with Taylor “a start.”

While the club want to make signings as quickly as possible, there is no deadline pressure - the emergency loan window is open until November 28, and Jones accepts that making all the changes he wants may take a few weeks rather than days.

Scunthorpe and ex-Wednesday manager Brian Laws has explained that he dropped an interest in signing Ayo Obileye on loan because he did not think the young midfield player was ready for first-team football.

But Taylor is relishing the opportunity of league action at Brentford. He said: “I’ve got experience playing at the highest level and hopefully I can bring that. I like to do the dirty side of the game but I can also put my foot on the ball and play as well.

“It’s difficult to assert yourself as a footballer in some teams, but I had a good education and like to play it the right way.

“The gaffer at Wednesday pulled me in and told me Brentford were interested. I wasn’t getting a look in there, so it’s good to be able to go out and get some game time at a team who are challenging at the top of League One.”

Taylor is in the last year of his Hillsborough contract. He added: “I spoke to the manager there and it didn’t look like I was going to get an opportunity. He wanted to look at other things. I don’t think it’s going to happen for me there this season, but things change.

“Things didn’t work out, for whatever reason. I was disappointed not to feature, so this is a good opportunity.”