DANIEL Jones is arguably Wednesday’s unluckiest player but is stepping up a comeback after an injury-wrecked season.
He was sidelined by an ankle problem after only the second game of the campaign and when he made a return five months later he was carried off early with a calf injury.
The 25-year-old’s chances of making a fresh start under first Gary Megson and then Dave Jones were dashed.
But he is on the way back and Jones will monitor with the interest the progress of the defender who was a youngster at Wolves when he was manager there.
“Daniel tells me he’s still got my kit (initials DJ),” joked the Wednesday manager. He’s back in training, doing running and other work, but he’ll be a while yet.
“We have to be careful with him so he doesn’t pick up any little strains after he’s been out for so long.”
The full back, who was signed by Alan Irvine in 2010 on a three-year contract, made his two starts this season against Blackpool in the Carling Cup in August in the second game of the campaign and away to Scunthorpe in January.
A fully fit Jones would add to the strong competition for the left-back spot which already includes Reda Johnson and Julian Bennett - with Johnson returning from injury to score the winner at Leyton Orient last Saturday.
Neil Mellor could be on the bench for Preston at Hillsborough on Saturday though he missed Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat by Brentford after making his comeback from a cartilage operation as an 85th minute substitute in last Saturday’s 1-1 Deepdale draw with Bury.