Owls bank on O’Donnell amid Weaver woe

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GARY Megson believes that the Owls goalkeeping spot is in safe hands as the club wait for news of Nicky Weaver after his trip to America to see a specialist about his knee.

Richard O’Donnell could be set for a long run in the side and will be pushed by Hillsborough’s former No 2 keeper, Arron Jameson, as Weaver faces an absence of unknown length.

There has been speculation that Weaver’s career could be under threat, as it was seven years ago until he famously underwent a successful operation in Ohio to transplant a dead man’s cartilage into his right knee.

The 31-year-old keeper flew to Cleveland yesterday and the timing of his return depends on the results of the investigations there. Megson explained: “He’s gone to see somebody that he saw last time he was having major problems with his knee.

“Nicky’s got a lot of faith in him and he wanted to go across and see him.”

The Owls boss said he was not aware of a threat to the player’s career: “I haven’t heard that. Nobody at Middlewood Road or at Hillsborough has said that.

“What tends to happen is that people put two and two together and come up with the wrong number.

“All we know is that he was injured last week, he’s gone over to the States and hopefully, fingers crossed, he’ll come back with better news.

“When the guy opens up Nicky’s knee we’ll know more.”

O’Donnell deputised capably for Weaver last season, after getting his chance when Jameson was injured, and has played two league games this season when Weaver was unfit. “Richard and Arron are good young goalkeepers and we have a great of confidence in them,” said Megson.

Julian Bennett is fit for tomorrow’s game against MK Dons, and there will be a late decision about the fitness of Jermaine Johnson.