Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hope for triple boost

Seyi Olofinjana missed the Bristol City game because of a knee knock
Seyi Olofinjana missed the Bristol City game because of a knee knock
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WEDNESDAY hope to overcome a triple injury scare in time for Saturday’s big home game against Blackburn Rovers.

Manager Dave Jones has confirmed that new signings Seyi Olofinjana and Stuart Holden missed the Bristol City match because of injury niggles.

He also revealed that Jermaine Johnson’s exit in the 52nd minute occurred because of a concern about his hamstring.

But Jones hopes that all three players will be fit for the weekend as the Owls bid to overtake Rovers.

Olofinjana and Holden made debuts in the 2-1 win against Barnsley but were unable to play any part in the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.

“Seyo took a bang on his knee early in the Barnsley game; Stuart too suffered a knee knock, nothing to do with anything he’s had before,” explained Jones.

“With Monday’s game coming only two days later, they couldn’t shake the knocks off in time; if the Bristol match had been played on Tuesday, maybe they would have been ok.

“JJ was feeling his hamstring at half time. We had to bring him off. We’ll have them all checked, and hopefully they will be ready for Saturday.”

Loan signing Steve Howard is challenging for a home debut after coming into the side at Ashton Gate. Short of match practice, he played for 63 minutes before being replaced by Gary Madine.

“Steve did all right before he tired,” added Jones. “I think the fans liked what they saw from him. We’re pleased with him, and I thought Kieran Lee, going in at right back, did well, and JJ took his goal well.”

Lewis Buxton will challenge to regain the right-back spot after serving his one-match ban.

With only five points covering the 12 teams who rest above the bottom two, Jones says: “The table is so tight it’s ridiculous. Now we’ve got to get another result against Blackburn, which won’t be easy.”