Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ace back from World Cup duty

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THE international exertions of Jermaine Johnson won’t have taken too much out of the Sheffield Wednesday winger this week.

For the second time in four days the Owls winger found himself on the Jamaica bench and figuring only in the final half-hour.

His week began with a 1-1 draw in their World Cup qualifier with Panama in Kingston when he went on in the second half for Reading’s Jobi McAnuff.

The squad then jetted to San Jose for Tuesday’s qualifier against Costa Rica where they suffered a 2-0 defeat.

Johnson got on for the final half-hour - Jamaica a goal down at that stage - again in a straight swap for McAnuff. Ten minutes later the Wednesday star picked up a yellow card.

There were no reported injuries and Johnson is due back with Wednesday today and manager Dave Jones and his staff will be looking to see if there is any sort of reaction to the two trans-Atlantic flights with another to Costa Rica thrown in.

Kieran Lee and Jeremy Helan filled the wide roles in Wednesday’s last outing (against Cardiff) and Johnson was on the bench. Jones’s pressing need is a partner for Leroy Lita down the middle.

Midfielder Rhys McCabe didn’t figure in Scotland U21s 3-0 European U21 Championship Group win over Luxembourg.

Wednesday are urging fans to buy tickets for Saturday’s clash with Barnsley ahead of the game and not wait until the last minute.

The North Stand has almost sold out and only a few thousand remain on the Kop including restricted view.