Owls duo in frame for cup return

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be given a double boost before the trip to Morecambe in the first round of the FA Cup.

Two of the Owls’ senior first-team players, Gary Madine and Reda Johnson, are expected to feature at the Globe Arena.

Madine has served his two-match ban following his red card at former club Carlisle United. It was initially just a one-game suspension but it was extended by a further match because of his conduct towards referee Paul Tierney in the wake of his sending-off.

The 11-goal top scorer could be brought in up front for either Chris O’Grady or Ryan Lowe.

Utility player Johnson, who can operate at left-back or centre-half, is on the mend from his groin problem.

If Wolves loanee Danny Batth is refused permission to play by his parent club, Johnson could start alongside captain Rob Jones in the heart of defence.

Manager Gary Megson will have a selection dilemma in the full-back department if Batth is given the nod to start as he will have Johnson, Mark Reynolds and Julian Bennett vying for the left-back role.

Megson is also waiting to discover whether he will be able to play Ben Marshall or Stephen Bywater, who are on loan from Stoke and Derby respectively.

Wednesday have sold more than 800 tickets for the clash at the League Two high fliers and are set to pocket £67,500, with the tie to be televised live on ESPN, kick-off 3.15pm.

Hull City boss and former Wednesday defender Nigel Pearson is believed to have asked to speak to Leicester City about their vacant manager’s job.