After securing a 2-1 victory over MK Dons in midweek thanks to two late goals, Sheffield Wednesday are back in League One action this weekend with a clash against Wycombe Wanderers at Hillsborough.
Looking ahead to the match, it seems as though the Owls will have to take on their next opponents, who are currently three points and five points above them in the league table, without one of their key players.
In a recent Q&A for Yorkshire Live, Wednesday journalist Dom Howson revealed that Owls manager Darren Moore said that Marvin Johnson will be back training on grass this week after picking up a hamstring injury.
However, the reporter thinks that Johnson will miss the match at the weekend and possibly their Papa John’s Trophy match against Hartlepool next week, something that represents a big blow to Wednesday.
Howson followed that up saying his hunch tells him Johnson will return for the Portsmouth match next month.
While it’s good to hear that Johnson will start to get back to some sort of training in the coming days, it’s still a disappointment that he will miss the match against Wycombe at the weekend given how much of an opportunity this is for the Yorkshire side to follow on from their win over MK Dons in midweek and pick up a win against a promotion rival.
Since joining the Owls on a free transfer back in August, the 30-year-old, who is currently valued at £1.35m according to Transfermarkt, has played in 16 games for the Owls across all competitions, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process whilst showing off his versatility by playing across a number of different positions on the pitch.
In three out of four previous league appearances for the Owls, Johnson has been deployed as a centre-back as a result of the current injuries to Sam Hutchinson, Lewis Gibson and Dominic Iorfa. Thus, having Johnson out on the sidelines again for the next couple of games is something that could leave the manager rather angry.
To highlight Johnson’s defensive capabilities, the Englishman has managed to rack up an average of 1.3 interceptions and clearances per game and 1.2 tackles per game in League One, which will definitely make him a big miss for the clash at the weekend against Wycombe considering they have managed to score a total of 30 league goals so far this season.
Moving forward, everyone at Wednesday will undoubtedly be hoping that Johnson will be able to make a full recovery by the time their league match against Portsmouth come around as Howson suggested.