Sheffield Wednesday: Three challenge for Coke spot

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Stuart Gray is pondering his options after being forced to change the team that started against Leicester.

Giles Coke was a significant influence in the Owls getting a grip on Tuesday’s game but had to go off near the end.

He has a hamstring injury and is ruled out for tomorrow’s visit of Forest.

Gray told The Star that Jose Semedo, Rhys McCabe or Stephen McPhail could come in.

Semedo replaced Coke on Tuesday; McCabe and McPhail were unused subs.

The issue may depend on who is considered to be the best complement to Seyi Olofinjana and, obviously, who best fits the game plan to play Forest.

Semedo has defensive qualities that perhaps were seen as useful in helping to keep Leicester at bay when they were striving for an equaliser.

McCabe could be said to be more creative in style. He was not a major part of Dave Jones’ plans and has made only two appearances this season: from the bench in two league games and from the start in the cup-tie at Rotherham,

But the Scot was brought into the 18 by Gray for the Leicester game.

McPhail lost his place for Jones’ final game, at Blackpool; he was an unused sub there and had been taken off at half time of the Huddersfield game, but on his day has been seen as a creative influence.

Reda Johnson is back in training after being out with a hip injury, but it seems doubtful whether he will replace Joe Mattock, in view of Tuesday night’s performances by the team and individuals.

Michail Antonio faces another check today: he took a fitness test before the Leicester match but still felt his knee a little when he struck a ball. Gray hopes that the winger will be fit and will give him food for thought.

The caretaker boss also hopes that Sunderland will not be recalling Connor Wickham before the striker’s loan ends on January 1.

Since Wickham’s loan went past its first 28 days, the Black Cats have had the power to take him back at 24 hours’ notice.

Gray said: “We were grateful to Sunderland for letting us have Connor. When he came here last season he wasn’t as match fit, as strong or as sharp. He’s come back a different animal altogether.

“He’s a focal point, his ball retention the other night was fantastic. Sunderland have 24-hour recall but I think at this moment Connor would probably stay here and play rather than go and fill their bench.”