Strikers scramble for Gary’s spot

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WEDNESDAY strikers see a battle for places begin tomorrow knowing that top scorer Gary Madine could have his one-match suspension extended after being charged with misconduct by the FA.

There will be a double aim for teammates, to show they can compensate for the 11-goal forward’s absence and to stake their claims to be in the side when he is available.

Gary Megson ultimately will have to choose two from four, but Ryan Lowe is poised for a full debut at Wycombe alongside Madine’s usual partner, Chris O’Grady, and Clinton Morrison is knocking on the door after his return from a loan spell at MK Dons.

The Wednesday manager says he does not yet know how big a blow Madine’s absence will be, for that will be determined by how the team cope without him.

“We don’t know until after the event,” said Megson. “We’ve got Chris O’Grady, Ryan Lowe and Clinton Morrison.

“We can always change the system if we want to. They will get an opportunity to step up.”

The Owls manager has refused to comment on Madine’s charge, with the issue now sub judice. The player has until 6pm today to respond to the FA.

They have said that the charge relates to an incident after his sending-off at Carlisle.

No details have been given, but Madine briefly confronted referee Paul Tierney, appearing to thrust his face towards the official and speak angrily to him.

The former Carlisle striker is also said to have spoken to hostile members of the home crowd as he left the field.

Wednesday have confirmed that the first of two yellow cards was for dissent. Madine received a second yellow for a challenge on Carlisle defender James Tavernier, who was unhurt and said of the dismissal: “I think it was a bit harsh.”