Owls ace faces suspension threat

Four yellows: Gary Madine
Four yellows: Gary Madine
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OWLS goal ace Gary Madine will be walking a disciplinary tightrope at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

The 10-goal striker is one booking away from suspension as he heads into the Sheffield derby.

Wednesday have confirmed that he received his fourth yellow card of the season in the match against Chesterfield.

It came after Ben Marshall had sealed a 3-1 victory with a goal in the 87th minute.

Madine kicked the ball into the Kop during the goal celebration and was penalised by the referee for what was officially described as delaying the restart.

Players who receive five bookings by this stage of the season get an automatic one-match ban which takes effect immediately.

Madine collected his third yellow card of the campaign in the match before the Hillsborough derby, the 1-0 win at Hartlepool: that was for dissent - a lengthy protest after he was struck in the face - and he was fined under the club’s disciplinary code.

Fans will be relieved that he is not suspended for the city derby but they would also regret his absence for even one subsequent game.

Manager Gary Megson hopes to regain a full complement of strikers, with Ryan Lowe trying to shake off his ankle injury. The former Bury star has had an injection in an attempt to clear up the problem.

He was recently told to rest for five days, after making a comeback from the bench but then suffering a further setback with what was described as bruising of the bone.

The club had only one striker on the bench for the Chesterfield match: David McGoldrick, who was replaced by Chris O’Grady in the side.

Megson will soon have to give thoughts to McGoldrick’s future, for the Forest forward’s loan runs out after the derby.

The Owls boss will have to decide if he wants to keep him, and the views of Forest and the player will also be an influence.

Before he lost his place in the side, McGoldrick expressed a willingness to stay at Hillsborough. If he goes back to the City Ground, then Wednesday will be down to four strikers. But Megson wants four.

Clinton Morrison could also play a part in the equation. His loan at MK Dons expires on October 22 but he recently said he would like to stay there.

Jermaine Johnson’s return to fitness offers yet another option. The winger is not regarded by Megson as a striker but had a spell up front late in last week’s game after going on as a substitute.