Sheffield Wednesday fight for places has plenty of needle as competition builds

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JON Otsemobor is injecting urgency into an attempt to hang on to his Sheffield Wednesday place.

Jabs have been used in a bid to cure problems with his Achilles tendons.

Fresh injuries are the last thing that he needed after he came back from a long lay-off last season to hold the right-back spot for the last eight games.

The summer signing of Julian Bennett at left-back and the switch of last season’s stand-in there, Lewis Buxton, to his recognised position on the oppositie flank have increased the competition for places.

Boss Gary Megson admits that Otsemobor’s new hitch is: “A bit of a concern; he’s had an Achilles tendon problem, which is something he suffered from last year.

“He’s had an injection in his tendon, and they seem quite pleased with the result of that. He’s going to have to have an injection in the other Achilles tendon as well, because you can’t do them both at the same time.”

There is less of a worry about the other three players who missed the 2-1 win at Rotherham: Liam Palmer (illness), Daniel Jones (hamstring) and Giles Coke (knee).

Jones even came under consideration for last night’s match at Stocksbridge.

On Coke, Megson said: “He hasn’t been fully fit for a long time, but he’s getting nearer.”

These and other injuries have only increased the manager’s concerns about the small size of the squad and the need to land his transfer targets.

He wants a streamlined squad and is not seeking to have 30 players, though this has been the luxury enjoyed by promoted teams in the past, but he feels that the current total of 19 is insufficient.

Huddersfield have revealed that winger Gary Roberts - believed to be one of Megson’s four major targets, along with Neil Mellor, Chris O’Grady and Danny Batth - has turned down an extension to his contract. His present one has a year to run

With salary-capping coming in for 2012-13, the new offer would mean his wages going down if Town fail to win promotion next season.

Roberts played the whole game in a 2-1 win at Dunfermline on Tuesday.

It is thought that Huddersfield do not feel under pressure to sell him, and if they did let him go they would want a fee to fund a replacement.