Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss Dave Jones hits back at Swindon’s Di Canio over Coke injury

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DAVE Jones has had a dig at Paolo Di Canio after an outburst by the Swindon manager and former Owls star over an injury to Giles Coke.

The midfield player is on loan to the Robins until January but has returned to Sheffield to have a foot condition assessed.

Di Canio has said that Coke had the problem when he was with the Owls.

The Italian claimed that “nobody checked properly” on the extent of it when he was at Hillsborough.

Referring to his return to Wednesday, Di Canio said: “They should look after him in a proper way.

“We did already work with him to help him.

“I hope they are going to do the same because even if he may not be a part of their plan he is a Sheffield Wednesday player.

“I’m not accusing Sheffield Wednesday, because they thought it was a simple inflammation and now they can see the real picture - thanks to us - what problem he’s got.”

But Jones told The Star: “It would have been nice to get a phone call from him [Di Canio]. Then he would have had his facts put straight.”

The Owls boss would not go into detail but it seems clear that the club regard Di Canio’s comments as inaccurate and it is understood they feel his remarks amount to unwarranted criticism of their highly-rated medical department.

Mark Beevers has joined the ranks of the loan players with his one-month move to Millwall, which will bring him the league games he was unlikely to get at Hillsborough as Jones perseveres with the centre-half partnership of Anthony Gardner and Martin Taylor, with Miguel Llera in reserve, and with Beevers behind Joe Mattock and Reda Johnson - when he is fit - in the left-back pecking order.

Gardner today faces his old club, Hull. He said: “I made a lot of friends there. It’s a good club with good support.

“We’re hoping we can get three points and we can kick our season off.”