Sheffield Wednesday: Owls can fill JJ void

Jermaine Johnson leaves the field against Ipswich
Jermaine Johnson leaves the field against Ipswich
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Owls No 1 Chris Kirkland is adamant they have enough talent in their squad to overcome the loss of mercurial winger Jermaine Johnson.

The Jamaican international, who has registered four goals in his last six appearances, was taken off after 28 minutes of Sheffield Wednesday’s hard-fought draw with Ipswich Town, having pulled his hamstring.

The experienced forward is currently receiving treatment from the Owls medical staff team but is unlikely to feature in the club’s final two league matches against Peterborough United and Middlesbrough. Should Johnson be ruled out for the rest of the season, Kirkland has challenged the Owls fringe players to fill the void.

The big goalkeeper told The Star: “JJ is a great impact player who can make things happen. He has been superb. It would be a terrible blow for him and the team if he doesn’t play again this season. He has been one of our main players and we would miss him but we have to move on. We have other players in the squad who can do a job so it is up to them to show what they can do.”