Owls striker eyeing delayed comeback

Unlucky blow: Ryan Lowe's recall was scrapped because of injury
Unlucky blow: Ryan Lowe's recall was scrapped because of injury

RYAN Lowe could be knocking on the door for a fresh Wednesday start.

Gary Megson’s revelation that the striker would have played against Stevenage on Tuesday if he had been fit suggests Lowe may start on Saturday.

First he will have to show thet he has shaken off his calf injury.

Megson on Monday pencilled him into the team to face Stevenage. The manager explained: “”Ryan was in the team (picked on Monday) but he got a knock in training on his calf. He was ok but during the night it swelled up.

“He came in (on Tuesday) hobbling and couldn’t play.”

If Lowe was going to play then it suggests that Gary Madine or Chris O’Grady was not, after the front two found it hard going at Exeter.

But Madine is particular has been struggling for form and was taken off again on Tuesday, while O’Grady produced an improved performance and was Jermaine Johnson’s only rival for man of the match.

So could it be an O’Grady-Lowe partnership at Chesterfield on Saturday if Lowe is fit? Megson weighs up each game carefully, so it cannot be taken for granted.

But Lowe will be bursting for a chance, having not started a league game since the 2-0 win at Preston on New Year’s Eve. His only starts since then have been in the two FA Cup ties against Blackpool.

John Bostock is another keen to get started again.

Like Lowe, he was pencilled in to face Stevenage when Megson decided upon the team on Monday, but he was then hit by illness and Chris Lines was drafted into midfield, with the manager explaining: “John had sickness and diarrhoea and felt unwell.”

But Bostock seems to think he will be ready for Saturday. He said on Twitter on Tuesday: “Gutted im not well enough to play tonight caught a virus but on the mend and can’t wait for Saturday’s game.”

Miguel Llera will be the subject of another assessment after the wound he suffered when it was 1-0 at Exeter kept him out of the Stevenage defeat. He was replaced by Rob Jones.

Megson said: “Miguel was desperate to play. He’s got seven stitches above his eye; he’s bought himself one of these helmets Petr Cech has got. It covered two of the stitches but left five wide open. He’s a great lad and wants to play but if he had played, it would just have opened up again.”