Sheffield Wednesday: Owls defender Anthony Gardner ready to return

In contention: England defender Anthony Gardner
In contention: England defender Anthony Gardner
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FORMER England centre-half Anthony Gardner is pressing for a comeback as Dave Jones plots way of strengthing his Owls defence.

Gardner has not played since he suffered a hamstring injury at Derby in the opening game of the season but is in the running to face Bolton at Hillsborough today.

Jones revealed: “Anthony has trained and looked well and comes into contention like everybody else.”

If Gardner plays then he could partner another major signing, new captain Martin Taylor.

Wednesday boss Jones is telling his players to “be brave” in a bid to end their three-match losing run

He confirmed that Kieran Lee is under consideration for a debut in the “problem” spot of right-back.

Lewis Buxton is ruled out again and Joe Mattock suspended.

The Owls manager also does not rule out a surprise selection in this role and in any case must wait to check on “one or two” undisclosed knocks stemming from the Huddersfield game before settling on his line-up.

With Lee yet to start after his arrival from League One side Oldham, Jones says: “He’s just been adapting.

“If we feel we have to throw him in, then he’ll have to adapt very quickly.

“It (right-back) is a problem at the moment. Whoever goes in there will give his best - that’s all you can ever ask.”

Jones also dropped a possible hint that Rodri may return up front.

“He came in a with a bang, but you look at the culture he’s come from (Barcelona) and he has to adjust, and hopefully we’ll start to see the best of him again,” he said.

The Owls boss added: “We just have to go into the game and be brave, be strong and show no fear. We’re up for it. They were warned at the start of the season that it’s not an easy ride.

“It’s early days yet. Staying positive is a big thing for the players. That’s what we’ve told them. If they’re going to be shy and not risk things, they shouldn’t be at a club like this.”