Sheffield Wednesday: Holden and JJ face reunion

Jermaine Johnson could play for Jamaica against the USA and Stuart Holden
Jermaine Johnson could play for Jamaica against the USA and Stuart Holden
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Stuart Holden could be saying goodbye to Wednesday after tomorrow’s game - but it may not be long before he sees Jermaine Johnson again.

The two may be playing against each other when the USA face Jamaica in a World Cup qualifier in Kingston on June 7.

JJ has returned to the Jamaica squad this year and has already aided their qualifying campaign.

Holden is a leading light in the US set-up - hence manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s call to Jones to find out how he is faring after missing much of the last two years.

Jones wants to keep Holden on loan for the rest of the season rather than see him return to Bolton next week.

“It’s their decision,” he says. “He’s got stronger and stronger in the games. Even on a difficult pitch on Tuesday (at Blackpool), his quality was there to be seen.

“Probably when the season ends, and most want a rest, Stuart will be chomping at the bit to keep playing because he’s missed such a long time.

“He’s getting closer to a full 90 minutes. He’s probably up to 75 minutes now, in his fitness levels.” The Owls manager acknowledged that though Holden is not the most powerfully built midfielder “he has an inner strength,” adding: “It’s not so long since Manchester United and everybody was looking at him.”

Jones added: “I think his best position is inside; he’s played there for his club and wide for his national team; he’s quite comfortable in either role.”

The USA’s summer comprises games against Belgium, Germany, Jamaica, Panama, Honduras, Belize, Cuba and Costa Rica - a combination of competitive and friendly matches.