SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Michail Antonio on course for Owls all-clear

Shoulder problem: Michail Antonio was hurt last week but is responding well to treatment
Shoulder problem: Michail Antonio was hurt last week but is responding well to treatment
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MICHAIL Antonio is set to be fit for the Owls’ match at Brentford.

His shoulder problem is diminishing and manager Dave Jones is “pretty hopeful” that the star winger will be ready for Saturday’s game.

“His shoulder has eased right down and we’ve still got a few days to go,” said Jones.

If Antonio is fit then it will be another boost for the Owls after he stepped up the club’s promotion challenge with an injury-time winner against Carlisle.

Jones felt that Carlisle defender Liam Noble was fortunate not to be sent off for the incident that resulted in the injury.

“Their lad sort of pulled Antonio back and he popped his shoulder.” added the Owls boss.

“When he scored, a couple of our lads jumped on him in the celebration, but it wasn’t anything major. It was sore before that.

“We weren’t sure whether we should bring him off. We kept asking him if he was okay and he said yes.”

Burnley have confirmed that Keith Treacy - who would be the natural replacement for Antonio - is staying on loan at Hillsborough for the rest of the season.

But this was always a formality from the Owls’ perspective and when he was signed on loan deadline day in March they said it would be for the rest of the campaign.

While Wednesday need a win on Saturday at Brentford in their quest for automatic promotion, the Bees are targeting three points in the hope that it will keep alive their slim hopes of reaching the play-offs.

They are five points off the top six, with two games left, and have to hope that Stevenage, Notts County and Carlisle - who lost at Hillsborough - slip up.

Manager Uwe Rosler said: “We have to win our home game and see where we are. The results weren’t bad for us (last Saturday), and it’s still mathematically possible.”