Madine ban for 1 game

Double trouble: Gary Madine has been fined �500 and suspended
Double trouble: Gary Madine has been fined �500 and suspended
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CHRIS O’Grady and Ryan Lowe are set to carry on as the Owls’ front two for Saturday’s home match against Brentford after Gary Madine was banned for one match and fined £500 over his FA charge.

Lowe stepped up for his debut at Wycombe last Saturday and scored as Madine served an automatic one-match suspension because of his sending-off at Carlisle.

Chris O’Grady had his best game for the club alongside Lowe, and the Owls will have no qualms about having to do without 11-goal top scorer Madine for the second successive game.

Wednesday had suspected that Madine would not be able to escape further punishment: he admitted the charge of improper conduct but asked for a personal hearing for a plea in mitigation.

In announcing the verdict, which takes immediate effect, the FA have also confirmed for the first time that the charge arose from “language and/or behaviour” after the centre forward had been shown the red card.

He confronted referee Paul Tierney angrily before leaving the field.

The Owls are likely to be conscious that his sentence could have been worse.

When he has served his ban the striker will still be on four bookings - the total he had amassed before the Carlisle game - and will be one away from an automatic one-match suspension for reaching the five mark.

But Gary Megson is refusing to rule Reda Johnson out of a surprise return.

The defender was initially expected to miss the Brentford clash because of the groin injury that ruled him out of the 2-1 win against Wycombe.

But Megson said: “He’s had a scan and the injury isn’t as bad as first thought. It’s quite encouraging. We’ll just have to see how he goes.”

Even if the left back is not plunged in against the Bees, the Owls will be glad he is nearing full fitness.

Megson also knows that he can rely on Mark Reynolds, who did a steady job last Saturday.

The winner of the League One Manager of the month award will be announced tomorrow.

Megson, Chris Powell (Charlton) and Lee Clark (Huddersfield) are joined by Russell Slade (Leyton Orient) in the running.