CHRIS O’Grady will not be returning to Sheffield Wednesday before the end of the season, manager Dave Jones has confirmed, writes Dom Howson.
The striker is currently on loan at Championship neighbours Barnsley and scored in the Reds 3-2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Like the Owls, Barnsley are in the thick of the relegation battle and are just one place above the drop zone.
But Jones says there is no longer a recall clause in the O’Grady deal and reiterated the forward will stay at Oakwell until the end of the campaign.
“No, we will not recall Chris,” said Jones. “We haven’t got a recall (clause) on him anyway.
“We will go with what we have got. If we need anything else or pick up injuries or suspensions, we will look at the loan market.”
He added: “Chris is on loan and he is playing and that’s what he wanted. I couldn’t guarantee anyone a place unless they are doing it.
“I just thought he needed games. Simple as that.
“Players get frustrated if they are not playing.”
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Watford, Jones also revealed Stephen Bywater missed the Crystal Palace victory nine days ago after suffering a triple fracture in his cheekbone in training the day before the match. Bywater, an unused substitute against Nottingham Forest, is wearing a protective mask.
“Stephen is prepared to put a mask on, sit on the bench and be part of it again,” he said.
“To me, that is a good professional who wants to play for this football club and wants to do well.
“Nobody has made a fuss of it. He got his mask on. It is safe for him. He’s got a nice shiner! It’s that sort of dedication you need all the way through your club.”
Nicky Weaver has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having an operation on his hand.