GILES Coke has been ruled out of Sheffield Wednesday’s clash with Championship leaders Cardiff on Saturday.
Dave Jones had hoped that the midfield player would recover from his foot injury in time for the visit of the Bluebirds to Hillsborough.
But the 26-year-old is not able to run for the time being and the estimated timing of his possible comeback has been put back.
Jones now hopes that he will be available for the Owls’ next-but-one match, at home to Barnsley on Easter Saturday, March 30.
The club have a two-week break after this weekend, because of international fixtures.
The injury ended a nine-match run for Coke in the league side, which co-incided with the start of the team’s revival.
It is also a blow for him because he had to endure a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury after he returned early from a loan spell at Swindon in October.
His surprise return to the Wednesday side came in the 3-1 win at Hull in January.
He has been striving to earn a new contract and has been praised by Jones for his form.
Coke had to go off at Watford last week and will face a fight to regain his place, with the team having adjusted to cope without him in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Leicester.
Danny Pugh was switched to join David Prutton and Kieran Lee in central midfield.
While Coke must wait to rejoin the squad, Reda Johnson is continuing to build up his general fitness after his surprise comeback at Leicester.
The left back came through his outing without ill effect.
He played for only around an hour, but this was pre-planned in view of his lack of match fitness.
Jones duly took off the defender because it was thought that he was tiring.
Jermaine Johnson has been named in Jamaica’s squad for World Cup qualifiers against Panama in Kingston on March 22 and Costa Rica in San Jose on March 26.