RYAN Lowe and Reda Johnson look set to start for Wednesday at Wycombe tomorrow.
Manager Gary Megson is going no further than to say that both are in the reckoning.
Clinton Morrison is also in the squad after returning from his one-month loan at MK Dons.
But Lowe, who has been eased into the set-up by playing as a sub in the last two games after recovering from injury, and Johnson, who missed the Carlisle match owing to suspension, are both likely to aid the Owls’ bid to bounce back from a 3-2 defeat.
Lowe, who would be making his full debut, looks the natural replacement for the suspended Gary Madine: a different type of player to Madine, but a goalscorer who could complement Chris O’Grady.
Johnson has been richly praised by Gary Megson for his recent performances. The Owls boss’s assessment of Julian Bennett, who played left back at Carlisle, is: “He did all right in possession; I think he can do better defensively.”
Johnson, a big success since being switch from centre to full back, is also a threat in the air at set pieces, and his height in attacking and defending would compensate for the absence of Madine.
Morrison could well be a sub, taking over from Lowe as the striker on the bench.
Megson says: “We’ve got a decent squad, with quite a few senior lads in and around the side. Sometimes when you’ve got that, they can affect the atmosphere because of their own personal disapointment. I’m pleased to say that’s not happening here, You’ve got to given them great credit.”
Megson is also giving his team more credit than may have been apparent in the immediate aftermath of the match at Carlisle, where he felt the Owls threw away the points through a quarter of an hour of “crazy football.”
But after reviewing the game he now feels that above all they were unlucky.
He says: “We’re doing okay at the moment.
“I was lower than a snake’s belly because we’d lost the game. First half there was only one team on the pitch, We were winning 1-0, it should have been 2-0 or 3-0, and I thought, just watching the game itself, we’d gone too deep, played really poorly for 15 minutes and it’s cost us the game.
“That wasn’t the case. They got through once, we were up their end and were on top of them, and it went like that all the way through.
“We’re not going to absolve ourselves of all responsibility, but I’ve told the players that we want to win every game, if we can’t do that, we draw; if at any stage we don’t do either of those things then we play well and we’re unlucky, and I thinks that’s what it was at Carlisle.
“Yes there was some wayward finishing. Their keeper played okay but everything seemed to go down his throat or within arm’s length.
“More often than not, we were unfortunate. Now we’ve got to pick ourselves up and get a result at Wycombe.
“It will be a tough game. I can imagine what the newspaper down there will be saying. It will be little Wycombe playing giant Sheffield Wednesday. We have to accept that. I think the players have got their heads around that now.”
One to watch
Striker Stuart Beavon is Wycombe’s top scorer with eight goals - four in the League and four in the Cups, including the one in Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat against Charlton. He was given a new two-year contract in the summer after his club won promotion from League Two.
Wednesday won 2-1 at Wycombe on September 1, 2003, with goals from Lloyd Owusu and Alan Quinn, and Derek Geary was sent off, in a League One (then known as Division Two) game televised live. The Hillsborough game between the clubs was a 1-1 draw on January 30, 2004.